Two killed, eight wounded in bomb blast, armed attack in Baghdad

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

Baghdad ( Two persons were killed, while eight others were wounded in a bomb blast and armed attack in south and west of Baghdad, a security source said.

“A civilian was killed, while six others were wounded as a bomb, placed near a market, exploded in al-Zidan village in Abu Ghraib region, west of Baghdad,” the source told Baghdad Today on Saturday.

Moreover, the source, who asked to remain anonymous, said “unknown gunmen opened fire against a civilian in al-Sihha district in al-Dora, south of Baghdad.” The victim was immediately killed.

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.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.

The total figure of September’s casualties marked an increase from the figure in August, which reached 297 Iraqis dead and wounded.

While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

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