43 die: Iraq’s days of carnage drag on

A coordinated assault against local government and police buildings in northern Iraq and other attacks across the country have killed at least 43 people and injured dozens more, according to security and hospital sources.

All of the deadly incidents occurred on Wednesday, a day after 25 people were killed in bombings and shootings across Iraq.

In the northern town of Hawija, militants attacked local government and police buildings with bombings and mortar fire, sparking clashes that claimed 14 lives.

The dead included at least seven civilians and three army soldiers. The clashes also injured 22 people. The militants retreated after reinforcements arrived.

“I was at the Hawija local council building when suddenly two blasts shook the ground,” said witness Yaseen al-Sabaw. “I ran out of the building and saw human flesh and body parts spread around the entrance”.

In the capital, six members of a single family — a policeman, his wife, their three children, and another female relative — were shot dead in the Shaab area of northern Baghdad.

And a bomb planted in a commercial street in Baghdad’s western district of Ghazaliya killed five more people.

Another person was killed and nine more were injured by a bomb near a cafe in the capital.

In other attacks, gunmen killed two farmers in an area near the city of Muqdadiyah in the Diyala Governorate.

Two soldiers were killed in Taji, around 20 kilometers north of Baghdad.

And a bomb killed seven people and wounded at least 25 in a commercial street in the northern city of Mosul, while one person was also shot dead in the city.

In addition, a roadside bomb south of Tikrit killed five more people.

The incidents are the latest in a string of attacks across Iraq that have left nearly 6,000 people dead since the beginning of 2013.

According to the United Nations, a total of 1,057 Iraqis, including 928 civilians, were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout the country in July — the deadliest month since 2008.

And about 800 Iraqis lost their lives in August in the deadly attacks, a third of which took place in Baghdad.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry has said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and they want to push the Middle Eastern country into chaos.

“The country is currently facing an open war from bloodthirsty sectarian forces that aim to plunge the country into chaos,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on July 30.

By Press TV


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