At least 7 killed in bomb attacks around Baghdad

At least seven people were killed in four separate bomb attacks around Baghdad late Friday, according to a security source.

Nasr al-Hanun, an Iraqi chief of security force, said that five civilians were killed and 16 others were injured by the bombs that were planted in two different residential areas and a roadside bomb in another area of the city. Separately, a roadside bomb killed two Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen and injured four others as a patrol car passed in Al-Taci, also in Baghdad.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet, but Iraqi authorities generally claim the Daesh terrorist group was responsible for such attacks.

Iraq has suffered a devastating security vacuum since mid-2014, when Daesh captured the northern city of Mosul – now the subject of a large offensive to retake it – and overran large swathes of territory in the northern and western parts of the country.

According to the UN, more than 3.4 million people are now displaced in Iraq– more than half of them children – while more than 10 million are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

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