Baghdad carnage as deadly bomb blasts strike six districts of the city: At least 21 people have been killed and many injured in a series of bomb blasts in mainly Shi’ite districts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. A car bomb detonated at a crowded market in the Sadriya area caused the most carnage.At the same time bombs exploded in five other parts of the city.
Sectarian violence in the country is on the rise with the government blaming al-Qaeda linked Sunni militants. According to UN figures 979 people including, 148 police and 127 military personal were killed in violence in October alone. More than 6,500 civilians have lost their lives since the beginning of the year.
October death toll in Iraq is highest in five years: October has been Iraq’s deadliest month since April 2008 with 964 people killed.A further 1,600 people were wounded after a wave of car bombs in mainly Shia areas.The latest figures come as Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki is in Washington to meet with US President Barack Obama.
“If what happens in Iraq is not dealt with, it will spread, and if what happens in Syria, is not dealt with, it will also spread and what happens in any country where the virus of terrorism lives, this virus will spread. This is the responsibility of the international community,” added Maliki.
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Mass executions on the rise in Iraq as total breakdown approachesIraq executes 42 'terrorists', including woman, as violence worsens: The U.N. mission in the country said it was concerned about the executions, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and repeated its call for Baghdad to suspend the death penalty.Rights groups say executions have been on the rise in recent years.
Sixty-eight death sentences were carried out in 2011, according to Amnesty International. The 42 hanged this week amounted to almost a third of the total number the campaign group said were executed in all of 2012. More than 6,000 people have been killed in attacks across Iraq so far this year, as Sunni Islamist insurgents including al Qaeda regain momentum.
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