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Nearly 1000 Iraqis killed in September – UN
October 3, 2013, 9:10 am

An Iraqi soldier stands next to a mangled car following a car bomb attack in Kirkuk [Xinhua]

An Iraqi soldier stands next to a mangled car following a car bomb attack in Kirkuk [Xinhua]

The United Nations mission in Iraq says that 979 people were killed in the ongoing violence in the country in September, with the largest number of fatalities in Baghdad.

But attacks against civilians, the police and military appears to have continued unabated into October.

On October 1, three people were killed and five wounded when the police headquarters in Tikrit, capital of the Salahudin province north of Baghdad, came under mortar attack and a suicide car bombing.

A day later, a girl was killed when a roadside bomb targeting the mayor of Samarra, north of Baghdad, exploded near his convoy. In Salahudin province, a lawyer was killed when his car exploded.

In Kirkuk, 250km north of Baghdad, one person was killed and 15 wounded in a car bomb explosion near the local government office.

In Tal Afar, west of Mosul, a car bomb near a local police station killed one officer and wounded five others.

The UN says that nearly 5,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since April as Iraq was set for provincial elections.

Middle East observers have warned that Iraq is at risk of being pulled into the Syrian civil war, which has increasingly become sectarian in nature.

In the period 2005-2007, tens of thousands of Iraqis where killed when Sunni and Shia militia engaged in an all-out war for control of Baghdad and surrounding areas.

Source: Agencies


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