47 die as carnage in Iraq continues

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb attack in the Al-Haq Square in Samarra, on July 5, 2013.

A wave of attacks in Iraq, mostly targeting Shia Muslims, has killed at least 47 people, raising the July death toll to about 380.

The apparently coordinated bombings, which occurred in central, eastern and southern Iraq on Sunday evening, also injured scores of people.

Attacks in Iraq have killed an average of 27 people per day since the beginning of July. And Sunday was the fourth day in a row in which over 30 people have died in Iraq violence.

Sunday’s bombings occurred shortly before the breaking of the Ramadan fast.

A car bomb near a bakery killed nine people and injured 42 in the city of Kut in eastern Iraq, while another car bomb wounded two police officers to the north of the city of Hilla.

In a market in the holy city of Karbala, a car bomb killed four people and injured 19.

Another car bomb killed five people and wounded 25 in the city of Nasiriyah, about 370 kilometers southeast of Baghdad. And six were killed near a mosque in Musayyib.

Moreover, in the southern port city of Basra, a sound bomb, a car bomb and a roadside bomb killed at least eight people and injured 35.

Basra is a major oil industry hub located 550 kilometers southeast of the capital.

All of those attacks targeted mostly Shia Muslims.

No group has claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks, but officials say the main suspects are militants linked to al-Qaeda.

In other incidents, a roadside bomb struck a commercial street in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, killing four people and wounding 16 others.

Two soldiers were gunned down at a checkpoint in the restive city of Mosul, 360 kilometers northwest of Baghdad.

And a roadside bomb killed district councilor Mohammed Obaid Sultan and one of his sons in south of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province.

In another area just south of Mosul also gunmen opened fire at a security checkpoint, killing two policemen.

In Fallujah, west of Baghdad, unidentified gunmen killed police Lieutenant Colonel Iyad al-Samarraie and injured two of his guards near a mosque.

And a roadside bomb killed two people and wounded three near a restaurant, northwest of the Diyala provincial capital of Baquba.

The incidents are the latest in a string of attacks across Iraq that have left more than 2,800 people dead since the beginning of April.

By Press TV

 

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