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Nine killed, 33 hurt in bombings, shooting in, around Iraqi capital

7 December 2015 13:28



At least nine people have been killed and nearly three dozen others injured in separate bomb and shooting attacks in and around the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, security and medical sources say.

A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least two civilians lost their lives and eight others sustained injuries when an improvised explosive device went off close to a popular restaurant near the Diyala Bridge in southeastern Baghdad on Sunday, the Arabic-language al-Baghdadia satellite television network reported.

A police officer also died and four others were injured when a roadside bomb exploded in the town of Abu Ghraib, located some 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Baghdad.

Earlier on Sunday, a bombing attack struck a commercial district in the capital’s eastern Camp Sarah district, leaving a civilian dead and six others injured.

Additionally, a civilian was killed and two others were injured when an improvised explosive device attached beneath their car went off in Nahrwan, situated about 40 kilometers (24 miles) east of Baghdad.

A bomb also targeted a civilian car in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of the capital, killing one person.

Separately, unidentified assailants gunned down a lawyer in the town of Latifiya, situated about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, on Sunday.

A civilian was killed and six others were wounded when a bomb attack hit a commercial district in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of al-Amin.

Additionally, a bomb went off in the al-Obaidi neighborhood of southern Baghdad, leaving a civilian dead and seven others injured.

Iraqis look at a burnt vehicle on October 6, 2015, a day after a car bomb explosion in a busy area in Hosseiniyah, situated approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad. (Photo by AFP)

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq says a total of 714 Iraqis were killed and 1,269 wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in October alone.

According to the UN mission, the number of civilian fatalities stood at 559. Violence also claimed the lives of 155 members of the Iraqi security forces. A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 298 civilians were killed.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Takfiri Daesh 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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