Baghdad bombings leave four dead, nine injured

Published May 18th, 2015 - 12:06 GMT

Security and medical officials say at least four people have been killed and nine others wounded when a series of bomb explosions ripped through a number of residential areas across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said two people lost their lives and seven sustained injuries when a bomb went off at a popular market in the Sabaa al-Bour neighborhood of northern Baghdad on Monday, the 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 hospital, where they are reported to be in critical condition.

Earlier in the day, a senior official of the Inspector General’s Office at the Interior Ministry was killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of Mashtal. The blast burned the car to its shell.

Also on Monday, one civilian was killed and two others injured when a car rigged with explosives exploded in the capital’s northern neighborhood of al-Husseiniya.

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) says a total of 812 Iraqis were killed and another 1,726 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in April. According to the UN mission, the number of civilian fatalities stood at 535. Violence also claimed the lives of 277 members of the Iraqi security forces. A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 319 civilians were killed.

Northern and western parts of Iraq have been in chaos since Daesh started its campaign of terror in early June 2014. Daesh is now in control of the second-largest city of Mosul and they have swept through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.

Since then, Iraq’s army has been joined by Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen in operations to drive the terrorists out of the areas they have seized.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material 

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