Over 660 peo­ple killed in Iraq in Septem­ber

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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

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