Three Iraqi children killed, wounded in bomb blast in Mosul Old City

Iraqi security forces and civilians gather at the scene of a deadly suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Nineveh ( – Three Iraqi children were killed and wounded Tuesday when a bomb exploded in Mosul Old City, a local source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to the Baghdad Today website, the source said a bomb hidden under the rubble went off while a bunch of children were playing at the courtyard of Al Nuri Mosque in Mosul’s western side.

The explosion left a child dead and two others wounded, the source said.

He added that the injured were moved to hospital for treatment.

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.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five 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 75 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 179 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September 2018, according to casualty figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad came on top of the worst affected Governorate, with 101 civilian casualties (31 killed, 70 injured), followed by Anbar (15 killed and 37 injured).

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