Three people wounded in southern Baghdad bomb blast

An improvised explosive device (IED)

Baghdad ( Three people were wounded on Saturday when a bomb blast hit an area south of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying.

Alghad Press quoted the source saying that three people were injured when an IED placed near commercial stores in al-Bayya went off.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014. Iraqi forces declared victory over the militant group early December.

A total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured, excluding police, in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured). Salahuddin Governorate followed, with 24 killed and 60 injured, and Kirkuk had 12 killed and 28 injured.

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