Two civilians wounded in a southern Baghdad bomb blast

Aftermath of an explosion in Baghdad

Baghdad ( Two civilians were wounded in a bomb blast that occurred in southern Baghdad, a police source said on Friday.

“A bomb planted on the side of the road near a market in al-Suwaib region, south of Baghdad, exploded on Friday morning, leaving two civilians injured,” the source, who preferred anonymity, told AlSumaria News.

“Police and ambulances headed to the accident spot. The injured were transferred to hospital for treatment,” the source added.

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.

According to a previous count by UNAMI, 824 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of May.

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.

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