Two civilians wounded in another blast in Baghdad

Burned cars at the site of a bombing attack that targeted a security checkpoint south of Baghdad.

Baghdad ( Two civilians were injured in an IED blast in southern Baghdad, a police source said on Sunday.

“A bomb, placed near a popular playground in Bawi region in al-Mada’in district, exploded in the evening leaving two civilians wounded,” the source, who asked to be unnamed, told AlSumaria News.

“Security troops cordoned off the accident spot and transferred the injured to nearby hospital,” the source added.

Earlier on the day, two civilians were wounded in another IED blast in al-Radwaniyah area, west of Baghdad.

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.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

Bombings and armed attacks are seen on on almost a daily basis against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016.

According to observers, IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

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