Iraq

Bomb blast kills 8, injures 7 south of Baghdad

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At least eight people, including a police officer, have been killed and seven others injured in a bomb explosion south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

The incident occurred on Wednesday after a roadside bomb exploded near a truck carrying workers, south of the capital.

Reports say that a hospital employee was also among the casualties.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault.

A similar incident occurred on Tuesday evening in Baghdad in front of a restaurant in the mainly Shia neighborhood of Zafaraniyah, killing three people and injuring 10 others.

Earlier in the day, gunmen detonated an explosive device and then ambushed a military convoy at a road located 120 kilometers south of the city of Mosul. The attack left three soldiers dead and three others wounded.

In addition, a police patrol was bombed 50 kilometers south of Mosul, leaving two dead and three wounded. In addition, a policeman was shot dead in the restive city.

The incidents are the latest in a string of attacks across Iraq that have left nearly 6,000 people dead since the beginning of 2013.

According to the United Nations, a total of 1,057 Iraqis, including 928 civilians, were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout the country in July — the deadliest month since 2008.

And about 800 Iraqis lost their lives in August deadly attacks, a third of which took place in Baghdad.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry has said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and want to push the Middle Eastern country into chaos.

“The country is currently facing an open war from bloodthirsty sectarian forces that aim to plunge the country into chaos,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on July 30.

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