Baghdad: Roadside bombs in the Iraqi capital
Baghdad on Thursday killed two civilians and wounded 12 other
people, three of them soldiers and one a militiaman, security
and medical officials said.
Twin bombs, which were detonated one after the other,
killed one civilian and wounded seven people, including the
soldiers, in the Yarmuk district of west Baghdad, the interior
A third bomb struck in the southern district of
Al-Buweitha, killing the second civilian and wounding five
other people, one a member of the Sahwa (Awakening) militia
set up under US military sponsorship from 2006 to fight
Al-Qaeda, the ministry said.
A hospital official in Yarmuk confirmed receiving the
body of the dead civilian and four of the wounded from that
Figures released by government ministries late yesterday
showed a sharp fall in the number of Iraqis killed in
political violence in June compared with the same month of
Overall, 284 people, 204 civilians, 50 police and 30
soldiers died in June, the health, defence and interior
ministries in Baghdad told AFP.
The figure was one third less than the 437 people who
died last June, when bombings in the lead-up to the withdrawal
of US forces from Iraq`s towns and cities resulted in the
largest death toll in 11 months.
The number of people killed in June was also less than in
May, when 337 civilians, police and soldiers died in violence
in what was the deadliest month for civilians, 275, in the
conflict-wracked country so far this year.
US and Iraqi officials had warned of the dangers of an
upsurge of violence if negotiations on forming a new governing
coalition drag on too long, giving insurgent groups an
opportunity to further destabilise the country.
Almost four months after a general election which gave no
single bloc an overall parliamentary majority, the two lists
which won most seats are still bickering over who should be
the next prime minister.
Both former premier Iyad Allawi and incumbent Nuri
al-Maliki insist they are best placed to tackle insecurity and
shaky public services.