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Unidentified gunmen shoot civilian dead in Baghdad

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Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – A civilian was shot dead Monday in a shooting incident east of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

“Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a civilian while passing by al-Ma’amel district in eastern Baghdad, leaving him dead,” the source told Baghdad Today.

“Security forces sealed off the shooting site and opened a probe into the attack,” the source said, adding that the body was carried to the forensic medicine department.

Earlier in the day, two people were injured as a bomb went off near stores at Jisr Diyala region in southeastern Baghdad.

According to the monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 69 civilians, excluding police personnel, were killed, while 142 others were wounded in December due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict across the country.

The worst affected province was Baghdad with 122 civilian casualties (24 killed, 98 injured). Salahuddin ranked the second place, with 7 killed and 25 injured, then Kirkuk came third with 15 killed and 6 injured.

The figures saw a significant decline from November’s which reached a total of 117 Iraqi civilians killed and another 264 injured.

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, the report added.


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