Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Three people were wounded in a bomb blast near a popular market in Baghdad on Tuesday, a security source was quoted saying.
“An explosive charge went off near an overcrowded market at Shatt al-Taji area north of Baghdad, leaving three people injured,” the source told Baghdad Today.
“Security troops cordoned off the blast scene,” the source said, adding that the ambulance transferred the injured to a nearby hospital.
Earlier in the day, two army personnel were injured as a bomb blast targeted an army patrol at Al Tarmia area north of Baghdad.
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.
Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since a government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group.
Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and each of Annah, Rawa and Qaim in Anbar.
The war against IS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.