Two civilians wounded in bomb blast near Baghdad markets

A huge bomb explosion in the Iraqi capital Baghdad

Baghdad ( – Two civilians were injured Wednesday in a bomb blast near popular markets in western Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “An explosive charge went off near busy street markets at al-Maamel area in western Baghdad.”

“The explosion left two civilians wounded,” the source said, pointing out that the security forces cordoned off the blast site and allowed ambulance to carry the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over 3 million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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.

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