’16 people killed in bomb attacks across Iraq’
In the deadliest attack on Friday, two roadside devices went off in a market in the town of Yousufiya, 20 km (12 miles) south of Baghdad, claiming the lives of at least seven people.
In the city of Baquba, at least four people were killed and eight others wounded after six bombs exploded near the homes of Shia families.
A roadside bomb also killed at least four people in a Shia neighborhood in the west of the capital, Baghdad.
In the town of Buhriz, a car bomb detonated and killed one member of a Shia family.
No group claimed responsibility for the attacks, but such fatal assaults often bear the hallmarks of al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq, who the government says seek to destabilize the country.
On October 23, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned that his country is facing a “war of genocide” amid ongoing bombings and shooting attacks carried out across the country.
“It has become clear… that Iraq is subjected to a war of genocide targeting all of its components,” the Iraqi premier said in a press conference.
Maliki blamed the al-Qaeda militant group for killing thousands of people in Iraq, saying that the group is “destroying the houses of citizens and killing them, and blowing up government departments.”
According to AFP figures citing security and medical sources, more than 570 people have been killed across the violence-stricken country this month. Over 5,250 people have also lost their lives since the beginning of 2013.
The United Nations says 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.
A study released this month by academics based in the United States, Canada and Iraq said nearly half a million people have died from war-related causes in Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003.
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