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Series of most brutal attacks in last five years in Iraq

Source: Deutsche Welle 11. 08. 2013.

At the end of the fast of Ramadan at least 80 people were killed in a series of attacks in mainly Shi’ite areas of Baghdad. The targets were different and various, from cafes to restaurants and markets. In the attack were injured more than 200 people.

In bomb attack, in Baghdad on August 10th 2013, 57 people were killed. Also, 20 people lost their lives in the attacks in the other parts of Iraq during celebration of Eid. In a series of attacks on August10th , there have been 12 explosions, most of them in city areas with a lot of traffic, including city parks, in which during the holiday there were a lot of families. Authorities claims that most of the attacks were carried out coordinated.

The most severe attack happened on August 10th near the market in the south-east part of the Iraqi metropolis, when one car-bomb exploded. In the attack seven people were killed, while at least twenty were heavily injured. In Tuz Kurmato, 170 kilometers north-east of Baghdad, at least 10 people were killed and 45 were injured.

Heavy explosions took life of many people in other parts of Iraq. The attacks were in Nasiriyah, 300 kilometers southeast of the capital, also in Kerbala, 100 km south-west in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

In Kirkuku on August 10th . a suicide bomber attacked the most traffic street in the city. Nine people were killed and 48 were seriously injured. This was followed by another attack in this city and the Shia mosque, but does not indicate whether there were injured people.

Despite increased security measures to protect the population during the holidays, series of attacks were not prevented.

Since only in a month more than 670 people were killed, this year’s Ramadan is the deadliest since 2007. Violence in Iraq since the beginning of 2013 is rising. According to UN datas, more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed only in July 2013, which is the highest monthly income since 2008.

From January 2013 in Iraq 4,137 civilians were killed, mostly in the capital of Iraq, Baghdad. The United Nation claims that the death toll is certainly larger and state that nearly 10,000 people were injured in the attacks since the beginning of 2013.

Due to the increasing escalation of conflict between Sunnis and Shiites during 2013, the Iraqi government fears of a possible civil war. For the most of attacks, so far, responsibility assumed Sunni terrorist organization Al Qaeada.

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