Three civilians wounded in bomb attack in northern Baghdad

The picture shows flames coming out of a booby-trapped car in Baghdad.

Baghdad ( – Three civilians were wounded in a bomb attack in northern Baghdad Wednesday, a security source was quoted as saying.

In statements to Alghad Press news website, the source said, “An explosive charge went off at a popular market at al-Taji rural district in northern Baghdad, leaving three civilians injured.”

A security force cordoned off the blast site, while ambulances carried the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment, the source added.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Though most of the daily bombings hitting Baghdad go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State is expected to be behind many.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over 3 million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

A total of 115 Iraqi civilians, excluding policemen, were killed and another 250 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in January 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 323 civilian casualties (90 killed, 233 injured). Diyala followed, with 8 killed and 15 injured; and Nineveh, with 13 killed and 7 injured. UNAMI has not been able to obtain the civilian casualty figures from the Anbar Health Department for the month of January.

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