One killed, three wounded in southwestern Baghdad explosion

The explosion that hit Habibiyah area, in eastern Baghdad.

Baghdad ( One person was killed and three others were wounded Tuesday when a bomb blast rocked an area in southwestern Baghdad, according to police sources.

Almaalomah website quoted the sources saying that the bomb exploded near a popular marketplace in Suwaib, southwest of the capital, killing one person and wounding three.

Suwaib, Baghdad (Google Maps)

Violence and armed conflicts claimed the lives of 317 Iraqis and caused injuries to 403 others during the month of April, according to a monthly United Nations count.

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Nineveh, where U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops are caught up in battles against Islamic State militants in Mosul since October, was the most affected governorate, with 276 casualties (153 killed, 123 injured). Baghdad Governorate followed with 55 killed and 179 injured. Salahuddin came third, with 15 killed and 43 injured.

While several blasts are not followed by a claim of responsibility, Islamic State militants said they had been behind some bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, leaving casualties among civilians and security troops.

Some observers and officials believe Islamic State attacks outside Mosul aim to divert security attention from Mosul and to make up for losses the group has been sustaining there.

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