24 die as carnage in Iraq continues
A senior Iraqi general said he survived a bomb attack on Saturday that killed nine soldiers during an operation against al-Qaeda militants north of Baghdad, while 15 Iraqis died in other attacks across the country, AFP reported.
Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir Al-Zaidi said that he and other soldiers from his convoy were on foot when the bomb exploded in an area about 30 kilometers north of the city of Baquba in Diyala province.
“I was targeted directly,” Zaidi said, adding that he was about 50 meters away from where the bomb detonated, but was not injured.
Other attacks on Saturday killed 15 more people in Iraq.
In another attack near Baquba, unidentified gunmen killed a mother and her two adult daughters at their home.
Gunmen also shot dead two brothers who were former members of anti-al-Qaeda militia Sahwa and another man in two separate attacks near Baquba. Meanwhile, a bomb attack in Baquba killed one person and injured five others.
A roadside bomb killed a man and his 11-year-old son in the center of the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.
In the northern province of Nineveh, gunmen shot dead a judge’s two bodyguards, and heavily-armed militants attacked a police checkpoint, killing a police officer.
Two separate bombings in Baghdad killed three people and wounded 10 more.
Iraq is witnessing its worst bloodshed since 2008 and civilians are a prime target in the violence.
The United Nations said on August 1st that more than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in July, making it the country’s deadliest month in five years.
In a statement issued on July 29, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that he was alarmed by the increased violence in Iraq that was “aimed at ripping apart the country’s social fabric,” adding that the country was “at another crossroads.”
“Its political leaders have a clear responsibility to bring the country back from the brink, and to leave no space to those who seek to exploit the political stalemate through violence and terror,” he said.
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, a day after a wave of 17 bombings across Iraq killed 60 people and injured scores of others.
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