Hundreds Dead After Deadly Weekend in Iraq
Iraq endured another weekend of violence that left over 100 people dead, as bombs exploded in Baghdad and other towns. A total of 5,000 people have been killed this year. Tensions have been building between the Sunni and Shiite factions.
On Friday, 30 people were killed at a Sunni mosque in Baquba and 52 were injured. The bomb was in the AC ducts and went off at 1PM. A Sunni mosque was bombed in Qara Tapa, killing one person and injuring four others. Five people were also killed in Mosul in three attacks.
A suicide bomber killed 26 and injured another 26 at a funeral for one of Iraq’s Shabak ethnic minority on Saturday. It happened in Baashiqah, a Sunni Arab town in northern Iraq. A policeman and three others were wounded in Nineveh province and two died in an attack in Dujali.
Sunday offered the country no relief when several car bombs and shootings killed over 36 people. In Hilla, two car bombs exploded in a busy market and killed nine people. Five people were killed and 17 others were injured on the east side of Baghdad when a car bomb went off in a heavily populated area. Another bomb went off in Basra and killed five people, while two were killed in Kerbala. North of Baghdad, two car bombs killed two people and wounded 16. One attack centered around the head of Baghdad provincial council. The bomb burst near the convoy and left two dead.
A total of four people were shot on Sunday, including two policemen at a checkpoint. Police also found four Sunnis who'd been abducted and shot to death.
After the United States left 18 months ago, the tension between the factions rose. The fighting spiked in April after officials stopped Sunni protesters from demonstrating against the Shiite government. Over 800 died in August, which made it the deadliest month this year.