21 killed, several injured in multiple explosions across Iraq
According to reports, some eight people lost their lives and 16 others were injured in two bomb explosions in Iraq’s southern city of Basra.
Meanwhile, reports indicated that several others were reportedly killed in gun and bomb attacks in nearby southern provinces including Hilla and Kut.
Earlier in the day, a number of roadside bombs went off in the northern city of Mosul in Iraq’s Nineveh Province, killing at least six people and injuring several others.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Iraq has seen a surge in violence since the start of the year, with the United Nations reporting that more than 2,500 people were killed from April through June, the highest level since 2008.
Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Iraq Martin Kobler called on the Iraqi leaders to “sit together” and address the country’s problems, including car bomb attacks throughout Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that militant groups and the remnants of the former Ba’athist regime are responsible for the latest wave of violence in the country.
Authorities in Iraq also say Qatar and Saudi Arabia have had a hand in some of the deadly incidents in the country.
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