No letup in carnage in Iraq as day’s death toll hits 49


Police and hospital sources say at least 49 people have been killed and 63 others injured in bombings and shooting incidents across Iraq.

On Saturday evening, two car bombs detonated in Sadr City on the northeast edge of Baghdad, killing 23 people on the second day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday, Reuters reported.

Hours earlier, a roadside bomb planted near an open-air market in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of Maama killed seven people, including three children at a playground. Thirteen people were also injured.

Pools of blood formed along the street, and pieces of shrapnel mixed with vegetables scattered on the ground.

Another bombing killed six people on a bus transporting Iranian religious tourists in the town of Taji, situated 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Baghdad. Twelve people sustained injuries in the attack.

Police said that a magnetic bomb had been attached to the bus of the Iranian religious tourists, and the force of the explosion sent the bus out of control before it flipped over on its side.

Elsewhere, two attacks in Muqdadiyah city, situated about 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad, killed two people and injured five others.

Eight people were also injured by a car bomb that targeted a religious foundation’s office in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, situated 175 kilometers (110 miles) north of Baghdad.

Officials said five people were killed and 10 others injured in Mosul, which is located 350 kilometers (220 miles) north of Baghdad, in three attacks that were carried out in quick succession.

In addition, gunmen burst into several homes in the ethnically mixed city and shot and killed a total of five people. They also injured four others, including young children. A bombing in the compound of a family home injured six people as well.

And last but not least, twin blasts killed a policeman and injured five other law enforcement officers in western Baghdad.

Bombings and shootings have recently increased across Iraq, and many believe that the attacks are being carried out to undermine the central government.
Official figures show that September was the bloodiest month in Iraq in almost two years, with attacks killing 365 people, the highest monthly death toll since August 2010.

The statistics, which were compiled by the health, interior, and defense ministries, show that 182 civilians, 88 police officers, and 95 soldiers were killed in attacks in September.

The violence reached a crescendo on September 8 and 9, when more than 30 attacks killed at least 88 people and injured more than 400.

September 30 was the second deadliest day of the month, with a death toll of 33 and 106 injured.

Violence has increased in Iraq since December 2011, when an arrest warrant was issued for fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been charged with running a death squad targeting Iraqi officials and Shia Muslims.

In response, the government has stepped up efforts to increase security across the country over the past few months.


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