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Violence killed over 11,000 people in Iraq in 2015: UN

Iran Press TV

Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:34AM

A UN mission says thousands of people have lost their lives and many more sustained injuries as a result of the ongoing violence in Iraq in the current year.

At least 11,118 Iraqis, mostly civilians, have been killed in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict so far this year, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) announced on Thursday.

According to the UN mission, a great portion of the fatalities was recorded in the capital, Baghdad, and the Takfiri Daesh militant group was responsible for most of the attacks.

Just on the day that the report came out, at least three people were killed and more than a dozen others injured in a series of bomb explosions in residential neighborhoods in Baghdad.

Two people were killed and six others injured on Thursday morning when a roadside bomb went off close to an outdoor market in the town of Mahmudiyah, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Baghdad.

Separately, an explosive device was detonated close to a commercial district in Sabaa al-Bour, some 28 km northwest of the capital, leaving one civilian dead and five others injured.

Three civilians also sustained injuries on Thursday when an explosion ripped through a district in Baghdad's southern neighborhood of Hur.

Violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh terrorists launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of parts of the Iraqi territory.

The militants have been committing crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.

Units of army soldiers joined by fighters from allied Popular Mobilization units are currently battling to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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