Three civilians wounded in bomb blast, south of Baghdad

Iraqi policemen stand guard outside a Baghdad police academy that was the target of a suicide car bombing on Sunday. CNN

Baghdad ( Three civilians were wounded in a bomb blast, south of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Friday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “a bomb placed near stores at Hor Rajab region, south of Baghdad, went off today, leaving three civilians wounded.”

Security troops, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “cordoned off the accident spot and transferred the wounded to nearby hospital for treatment.”

A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

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