Two civilians wounded in bomb attack near Baghdad market

A bomb explosion in Baghdad

Baghdad ( – Two civilians were wounded Sunday as a bomb exploded near a popular market in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

“An explosive charge went off near busy street shops in al-Taji district in northern Baghdad, leaving two civilians wounded,” the source told Knooz Media.

“A security force cordoned off the blast site and carried the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment,” added the source.

A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Anbar was the worst affected Governorate, with 53 civilian casualties (24 killed, 29 injured), followed by Baghdad with 8 killed and 30 injured, and Kirkuk with 10 killed and 21 injured.

“The casualty figures reported continue steadily to decline after the military defeat of Dae’sh (Islamic State) last year. This is good news, but the best news will be when Iraq is completely free of the threat of terrorism and is at peace,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq Ján Kubiš.

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.

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