News24

Iraq records deadliest month in 2 years

2012-10-01 13:00

Baghdad - September was the deadliest month in Iraq in more than two years, with 365 people killed in violence that included waves of country-wide attacks, official figures released on Monday showed.

Insurgents are regarded as weaker than when violence reached its peak in 2006 and 2007, but they remain capable of carrying out mass-casualty attacks across Iraq.

The statistics compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries showed that 182 civilians, 88 police and 95 soldiers were killed in attacks in September.

Another 683 people were wounded - 453 civilians, 110 police and 120 soldiers, according to the figures.

It was the highest monthly toll given by the government since August 2010, when figures showed 426 people killed and 838 wounded in attacks.

The previous deadliest month this year was July, when 325 people were killed in attacks, according to official figures.

Headless, limbless torso

The worst violence of the month occurred on 8 and 9 September, when a wave of more than 30 attacks killed 88 people and wounded more than 400.

Sunday was the second-deadliest day in September, with at least 33 people killed and 106 wounded in attacks, which occurred in Baghdad and the nearby areas of Taji, Madain and Tarmiyah, and also hit Kut, Mosul, south of the northern oil city of Kirkuk, and areas around Baquba.

In Baghdad's central Karrada district, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car, scattering debris for dozens of metres from the site of the blast, shattering store windows and smashing cars.

A headless, limbless torso surrounded by pieces of flesh lay at the scene.

"I was in my shop and I heard the sound of a very powerful explosion," said another store owner who gave his name only as Abu Ihab. "Dust was everywhere."

"We were sitting in the shop while police were collecting flesh," he said. "Human flesh was on the sidewalk, being collected and put in plastic bags."

Lack of basic services

"When the explosion happens, it does not care about any security measures," he said. "I sit in my shop and I am afraid for my life."

The deadly violence in Iraq and a lack of basic services are two of the main complaints against the government.

"We are tired of this government," said Haidar Mohammed, an employee of a shop on the street hit by the Sunday blast. "The government does not do anything."

September also saw a brazen prison break in the city of Tikrit in which 102 inmates, among them 47 alleged al-Qaeda members who had been sentenced to death, managed to escape, according to the interior ministry.

The ministry said that weapons had been smuggled into the prison during family visits, and that inmates were also able to seize a guard's weapon, and take others from an armoury.

The inmates launched an uprising in the prison, taking control of the facility. Two high-ranking police officers also reported that militants outside the prison detonated explosives at the facility's perimeter to aid the escape.

'New military campaign'

Out of the 102 fugitives, four had been killed and 23 captured as of Friday night, according to the ministry, which also said that 16 security forces members were killed in clashes related to the incident.

Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq said in July that it was launching a "new military campaign aimed at recovering territory".

An earlier message posted on jihadist forums said the ISI would begin targeting judges and prosecutors, and try to help its prisoners break out.

Insurgents have attacked a number of heavily-guarded sites in recent months.

In addition to the Tikrit prison break, targets have included a prison in Taji, police stations, a military base, the counter-terrorism directorate in Baghdad, and an entrance to Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.

Comments
  • joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-10-01 13:42

    This is all the fault of America. Before they invaded Iraq there was relative stability. Now we see massive chaos and widespread terrorism and whats worse is that the people of Iraq who suffered the loss of over 500 000 of their family members are now going to suffer more because of the chaos that the Satanic Americans have imposed on them. Jeremiah Wright was right when he said GOD damn America

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-01 14:57

      Number of unidentified bodies in unmarked graves from Saddam Hussein's time: 500,000. Number of Iraqi Kurds and their families gassed to death by Saddam Hussein: tens of thousands. Number of Iranians killed in Saddam Hussein;s war on that country: 1,00,000.

      joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-10-01 16:04

      @Fred At that time while he was committing those crimes he was a strong ally of the US. Even the war he imposed on Iran was provoked by the US just after the Islamic revolution and the chemical weapons he used to attack Iran were provided to him by the West. So it's illogical to justify the chaos imposed on the people of Iraq by quoting the crimes of Saddam when those crimes were made possible due to the support he got from the West. If the western nations had any measure of decency then they would not have supported him during his reign of terror and then invade and kill the same dictator that they had been supporting

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-01 16:31

      You just like to blame the US. It's dumb. The US did not provoke his war against Iran. They didn't stop it. There's a big difference. Had they tried no doubt you'd have bitched and blamed then too. You hold the US is responsible for the suicide attacks and car bombs carried out by Jihadists that are the real cause of the many deaths of Iraqi's. You're being dumb.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-01 16:32

      Number of unidentified bodies in unmarked graves from Saddam Hussein's time: 500,000. Number of Iraqi Kurds and their families gassed to death by Saddam Hussein: tens of thousands. Number of Iranians killed in Saddam Hussein's war on that country: 1,000,000.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-01 16:33

      You just like to blame the US. It's dumb. The US did not provoke his war against Iran. They didn't stop it. There's a big difference. Had they tried no doubt you'd have bitched and blamed too. You hold the US responsible for the suicide attacks and car bombs carried out by Jihadists, that are the real cause of the many deaths of Iraqi's. You're being dumb.

  • walter.marafioti - 2012-10-01 13:53

    leave those people alone.... they are happy to die, and we should not interfearing at all , we should not even put them on the news...is been centuries that we are try to make them like us, and it is "WRONG"they are another species, and they prefer war to work,

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-01 21:28

      You should go visit the place before spewing your ignorant hate.

  • pages:
  • 1