‘Attacks kill 26, injure dozens in Iraq’
All of the deadly incidents occurred on Thursday.
The first bombing took place near the city of Ramadi in Iraq’s western Anbar province, killing at least a dozen people and injuring several more. The bomber drove his fuel tanker packed with explosives to a military barrack and detonated it. Most of the victims were soldiers.
Later a bomber struck a wedding party for a Shia family in the northern town of Dujail, killing nine civilians and wounding 27.
And gunmen killed a local leader and two of his guards in Madain, which is about 25 kilometers southeast of Baghdad.
In the northern city of Mosul, a bomb exploded next to a police patrol, killing two police officers.
The incidents are the latest in a string of attacks across Iraq that have left more than 4,400 people dead since the beginning of 2013.
According to the United Nations, a total of 1,057 Iraqis, including 928 civilians, were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout the country in July – the deadliest month since 2008.
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.
In an interview with Press TV in July, an international human rights lawyer said that foreign powers are attempting to fabricate and benefit from Shia-Sunni discord in Iraq and elsewhere, seeking to see the Muslim world weakened in the wake of such rifts.
“Who benefits is of course the key issue. It’s really not the people of Iraq, it’s not the Sunnis, it’s not the Shias. It is external powers that want to exploit and create division. Those are the parties that benefit,” said Canada-based attorney Edward Corrigan.
“It’s certainly not the people in the region [that benefit from sectarian conflicts]; it’s not Iran; it’s not Iraq; it’s not the people of Syria, which are now witnessing the destruction of their state and where there has been attempts to provoke similar sectarian conflict in Lebanon,” he added.
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