Bombing, shooting attacks kill 7 Iraqi security forces
On Monday, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint near Tikrit, capital of Salaheddin province, and killed five policemen, said a provincial police source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
In a separate incident on the same day, two roadside bombs targeted an army patrol in northern Baiji city, some 30 kilometers north of Tikrit, and claimed the lives of two soldiers and wounded three others, the source said.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.
On Wednesday, five soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in a bomb attack against their convoy in the town of Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad.
Insurgents affiliated with al-Qaeda have stepped up their attacks in Iraq over the past months.
On September 1, the United Nations said in a report that more than 800 people had been killed and 2,000 injured in the month of August.
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.
The Iraqi Interior Ministry said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and that they want to push the Middle Eastern country into chaos.
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