Bombings, armed attacks kill at least ten in Iraq

Published January 14th, 2016 - 12:26 GMT

At least 10 people have been killed and more than three dozen others injured in separate bomb attacks and shooting incidents in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, security and medical sources say.

A police source said at least two civilians lost their lives and four others sustained injuries on Thursday when an improvised explosive device went off close to an outdoor market in the town of Taji, 30 km (20 miles) north of Baghdad.

Additionally, a policeman was shot and killed when unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate fire in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of the capital.

On Wednesday, a bomb attack near a popular restaurant in Baghdad’s central neighborhood of Sheikh Omar left two civilians dead and seven others injured.

Elsewhere in the eastern al-Obeidi neighborhood of the capital, two civilians were killed and seven others injured when a bomb detonated close to a market.

In Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Hussainiyah, a bomb explosion ripped through a commercial district, killing a civilian and wounding seven others.

Separately, a bomb attack claimed a civilian life and wounded six others in the al-Jihad neighborhood of Western Baghdad on Wednesday.

A bomb blast also killed a civilian and wounded six others in the capital’s northern district of Shaab.

Moreover, unknown armed men attacked a security checkpoint in the city of Latifiyah, situated about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, killing a policeman and injuring two others.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq says a total of 980 Iraqis were killed and 1,244 others injured in "acts of terrorism", violence and armed conflict in December 2015.

According to the UN mission, the number of civilian fatalities stood at 506. Violence also claimed the lives of 474 members of the Iraqi security forces. A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 261 civilians were killed.

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