Two bomb blasts rock Baghdad, leave five people killed, injured

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Baghdad ( – Five people were killed and injured as two bomb blasts rocked the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today news website, the source said, “An employee of the Ministry of Construction and Housing breathed his last after an explosive charge fixed into his car went off in Al-Saydiya neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad.”

“Another bomb exploded near a busy street market in al-Latifiya neighborhood in southern Baghdad, leaving four people injured.”

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016. Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has declared it had been behind many.

A total of 115 Iraqi civilians, excluding policemen, were killed and another 250 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in January 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 323 civilian casualties (90 killed, 233 injured). Diyala followed, with 8 killed and 15 injured; and Nineveh, with 13 killed and 7 injured. UNAMI has not been able to obtain the civilian casualty figures from the Anbar Health Department for the month of January.

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