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Violence claimed over 1,000 Iraqi lives in September: UN

Iran Press TV

Sun Oct 2, 2016 7:59AM

The United Nations says more than 1,000 people lost their lives and over 1,500 others suffered injuries as a result of acts of terrorism and violence across Iraq in September.

According to the latest figures released by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Monday, terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 1,003 Iraqis and left 1,159 others wounded last month.

The UN mission added that the death toll included 609 civilian, while the number of the injured civilians stood at 951. A total of 394 members of the Iraqi security forces were also killed, and another 208 injured during the mentioned period.

The worst-affected area was the capital province of Baghdad, where violence took the lives of 289 civilians and left 838 others wounded.

"It is a very sad state of affairs that the numbers of Iraqis killed and injured remains very high and unacceptable. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the violence," said Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Jan Kubis.

Kubis added, "The Holy month of Muharram has started and I sincerely hope that the killings will stop during this month."

In the latest wave of violence, an improvised explosive device went off close to a commercial district in Baghdad's southern neighborhood of Dora on Saturday, killing two civilians and injuring seven others.

A bomb attack also targeted security forces in the town of Taji, located 30 kilometers north of Baghdad, leaving a policeman killed and four others injured.

A blast also struck near an outdoor market in the town of Mahmudiyah, about 30 kilometers south of Baghdad, claiming the lives of two civilians and injuring eight others.

Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh terrorists mounted an offensive there more than two years ago, and took control of portions of Iraqi territory.

Iraqi army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units are trying to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.



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