BREAKING: Dozens DEAD In Multiple Bomb Blasts… Here’s What We Know

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Baghdad, IRAQ — At least twelve people were killed and wounded in two bomb blasts in north and west of Baghdad, according to special security sources.

“A bomb, placed near a popular market in Sabaa al-Bour region in al-Taji district, north of Baghdad, exploded,” a source told Baghdad Today.

“The blast left multiple civilians killed and six others wounded,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added. “Ambulances transferred the wounded to hospital for treatment, while the dead was taken to the forensic medicine department.”

In related news, another bomb blast occurred in west of Baghdad leaving five people wounded, Iraqi News reported.

“A bomb went off near a market in al-Radwaniya region, west of Baghdad,” another source added.

“The blast left five people wounded and several dead,” the source, who asked to remain anonymous, said.

Meanwhile, seventeen Islamic State members were killed and arrested in an operation in south of Mosul.

“Joint security troops carried out an operation in al-Jazra region, for the second time, after information showed that IS militants sneaked through the region, located between al-Bou Seif and al-Shamsiyat villages,” Lt. Gen. Ali Ahmed, of Nineveh Operations Command, told BasNews.

“Troops managed to kill eleven IS members and arrest six others during the operation,” he added.

Earlier this week, sixty IS members were killed as Iraqi army, police and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) launched a wide-scale security campaign on Saturday evening, targeting Islamic State militants in the region.

According to the monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 69 civilians, excluding police personnel, were killed, while 142 others were wounded in December due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict across the country.

The worst affected province was Baghdad with 122 civilian casualties (24 killed, 98 injured). Salahuddin ranked the second place, with 7 killed and 25 injured, then Kirkuk came third with 15 killed and 6 injured.

The figures saw a significant decline from November’s which reached a total of 117 Iraqi civilians killed and another 264 injured.

Last month, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against ISIS members.

Thousands of ISIS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since a government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group.

Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and each of Annah, Rawa and Qaim in Anbar.

The war against ISIS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.



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