At least 2 people killed in suicide attack in Baghdad

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/7/27 15:27:18

At least two people were killed and eight others wounded on Wednesday in a suicide bomb attack targeting Iraqi police in northern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.

A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up in the morning at a police checkpoint in the predominantly Shiite district of Shula, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Several policemen were among the wounded, the source said, citing an initial police report as saying.

The toll could rise as ambulances and police vehicles continue to evacuate the injured people to nearby hospitals and medical centers, the source added.

Iraq has been hit by a new wave of violence since the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group took control of parts of Iraq's northern and western regions in June 2014.

A report by UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) estimated that 662 Iraqis have been killed and 1,457 others wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in June across Iraq.

Many blame the current chronic instability, cycle of violence, and the emergence of extremist groups, such as the IS, on the United States that invaded and occupied Iraq in March 2003.

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