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Separate bombings leave 4 dead, 22 dead in, around Iraqi capital

19 October 2015 20:30



Police and medical officials in Iraq say at least four people have been killed and nearly two dozen others injured in separate bomb explosions that struck areas in and around the capital, Baghdad.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a civilian lost his life and seven others sustained injuries on Monday evening when an improvised explosive device went off close to a popular market in Baghdad’s southwestern neighborhood of Hayy al-A’amel, the Arabic-language al-Baghdadia satellite television network reported.

Earlier in the day, a bomb blast ripped through a commercial district in al-Ghazaliya neighborhood of western Baghdad, killing two people and injuring nine others.

Security forces immediately cordoned off the site of the attack, and ambulance workers ferried the wounded to a nearby hospital.

Also on Monday, a bomb explosion at a market in the town of Saab al-Bour, located approximately 29 kilometers (18 miles) northwest of the capital, left one person dead and six others wounded.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the acts of violence. However, Iraqi officials usually blame such attacks on the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.

Burnt cars are seen at the site of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad’s central neighborhood of Battaween early on September 29, 2015. (© AFP)


The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq says a total of 717 Iraqis were killed and another 1,216 wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in September alone.

According to the UN mission, the number of civilian fatalities stood at 537. Violence also claimed the lives of 180 members of Iraqi security forces. A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 257 civilians were killed.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh Takfiri militants began their march through the Iraqi territory in June 2014.

Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization units have joined forces and are seeking to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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