‘Attack wave kills 14 in Iraq’
In the deadliest attack on Thursday, gunmen shot dead four soldiers and injured three near Tikrit, north of Baghdad.
In the northern province of Nineveh, gunmen killed a prison guard, while a bomb attack killed a police officer.
Terrorist attacks occurred in Mosul and Baquba, and several other cities, leaving eight more dead and at least 23 injured.
A wave of violence has swept Iraq in recent months. According to the United Nations, July was the deadliest month in years, with over one thousand people killed.
According to figures released by the UN mission in Iraq on Thursday, the deaths mainly included civilians who were killed in bombings and shootings across the country.
The UN figures also showed that some 2,109 were wounded in July.
“We haven’t seen such numbers in more than five years, when the blind rage of sectarian strife that inflicted such deep wounds upon this country was finally abating,” said UN Iraq representative Gyorgy Busztin in a statement.
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 Tuesday, a day after a wave of 17 bombings across Iraq killed 60 people and injured scores of others.
The Interior Ministry warned that it would deal strictly with anyone found harboring extremists, adding that the ministry was establishing a hotline for Iraqi nationals to report information that would uncover “terrorist cells”.
The ministry offered big cash rewards to anyone who would come forward.
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