Over 660 people killed in Iraq in September
The number of people killed in Iraqi in September increased after militants attacked local government and police buildings in northern Iraq with suicide bombs and mortar fire on September 24, sparking clashes that killed a further 14 people among 24 deaths nationwide.
One suicide bomber detonated an explosivesrigged vehicle near a police station, while a second blew up another near a local administrative building.
Militants then hit both buildings and a local council office with mortar fire, and gunmen clashed with the army. Seven civilians, three soldiers and four militants were killed and 22 people wounded.
The Hawijah assault came a day after militants attacked two police stations and a local official’s house in two towns northwest of Baghdad, killing seven police and the official’s brother. In the capital, six members of a single family were shot dead today, officials said.
The UN refugee agency said yesterday that it was “increasingly concerned about the situation in Iraq, where recent waves of sectarian violence threaten to spark new internal dis- placement of Iraqis fleeing bombings and other attacks.”
With the latest violence, more than 660 people have been killed this month and over 4 450 since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.
Diplomats and analysts say the Shiite-led government’s failure to address the grievances of the Sunni Arab minority, who complain of political exclusion and abuses at the hands of the security forces, has driven the spike in violence this year.
A man walks past the site of two bomb attacks in the Adhamiya district of Baghdad, September 24, 2013