Friday, June 26, 2015

Bombings, Shooting Leave 8 Dead, 25 Wounded in Iraq
Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:27AM

Photo: Iraqi men inspect charred vehicles at a parking lot in Beirut Square, east of the capital, Baghdad, following a bomb explosion on June 24, 2015.

Security and medical officials in Iraq say at least eight people have been killed and 25 others injured in five separate bomb explosions and a shooting incident in and around the capital, Baghdad.

A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said two civilians lost their lives and eight others sustained injuries when a bombing attack struck the Sha'ab neighborhood of northern Baghdad on Thursday, Arabic-language satellite television network al-Baghdadia reported.

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

Elsewhere in the capital’s western neighborhood of Baiyaa, an improvised explosive device exploded near car showrooms, killing one person and injuring seven others.

Two people were also killed and five others wounded when a bomb placed inside a garbage can went off in the industrial park of Bismayah, situated about 10 kilometers (six miles) southeast of Baghdad.

Also on Thursday, a bomb detonated in the capital’s southern neighborhood of al-Mahmoudiyah, killing a child and injuring two passersby.

A civilian was also gunned down during a drive-by shooting in the al-Baladiyat neighborhood of eastern Baghdad.

Additionally, one person was killed and three others injured when a bomb exploded close to a fish farm in the town of Madain, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Baghdad.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. However, Iraqi officials usually blame such assaults on the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq says a total of 1,031 Iraqis were killed and another 1,684 wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in May. According to the UN mission, the number of civilian fatalities stood at 665. Violence also claimed the lives of 366 members of the Iraqi security forces. A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 343 civilians were killed.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since ISIL Takfiri militants began their march through Iraqi territory in June 2014. Army soldiers and volunteer fighters have joined forces and are seeking to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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