Sunday, February 23, 2014
17 people were killed in a series of shootings in Iraq
The attacks in Iraq , including a series of shootings in the north , killing at least 17 people Sunday , officials said .
Deadliest single attack occurred when a bomb exploded on the highway between Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul , killing three policemen and four prisoners who were arrested during the raid , AFP reported .
Six shootings in Mosul , one of the most dangerous areas in Iraq , killing seven people , including the brother of a member of the provincial council , an employee of the health directorate and three members of the security forces .
In northern Baghdad , a roadside bomb exploded near shops in the area of Sadr City , killing at least two people and wounding seven others , while bombings in Hurriyah area injuring at least three people .
The bomb also exploded at a house in the area Siniyah north of Baghdad , killing a policeman and wounding two others .
Violence in Iraq has reached levels not seen since 2008, when the country was beginning to recover from deadly sectarian conflict in 2006-2007 that claimed tens of thousands of lives .
A total of 1,013 people - 795 civilians , 122 soldiers and 96 policemen - were killed by violence in the country in January , according to official data compiled by the ministries of health , interior and defense .
According to the data , the violence also wounded 2,024 people - 1,633 civilians , 238 soldiers and 153 police .
Security forces kill 189 militants and arresting 458 people during that month .
The number of deaths in January was the highest number issued by the ministries that since April 2008 , when 1,073 people were killed .
The data confirm that the latest victims of a deadly escalation of violence in Iraq , which was hit by militant attacks almost every day and the takeover of an important city that is the doorway to Baghdad and the areas in a city other by anti - government guerrillas .
Last year was the deadliest days in Iraq since 2008 in which nearly 9,000 people were killed , according to UN data .
Tensions high in Iraq this year since militants linked to Al Qaeda and other Sunni militants took over the city of Falluja on January 1 .
UN Secretary General Ban Ki - moon expressed concern over the ongoing violence and urged Iraqi leaders addressing the underlying cause .
A wave of bombings and suicide attacks increased in the middle of a political crisis between Prime Minister Nuri al - Maliki and his government partners and protest marches for several weeks demanding his resignation .
Iraq hit by political turmoil and violence that killed thousands of people since U.S. forces completed the withdrawal from the country on December 18, 2011 , leaving security responsibilities to Iraqi forces .
In addition to problems with the Kurds , the Iraqi government also clashed with Sunni groups .
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al - Maliki ( Shiite ) since December 2011 seeking the arrest of Vice President Tareq al - Hashemi on terrorism charges and tried to fire Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al - Absolute . Both are Sunni leader .