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Iraq death toll for September nears 1000: UN

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 14:22

Zee Media Bureau

Baghdad: The death toll for Iraq in the month of Septembet hit the whopping figure of 797, said the UN mission in Iraq on Wednesday.

Adding to the fears of Iraq declining back to the civil war situation of 2006-07, the country has, in past few months, seen increasing incidents of sectarian attacks.

UNAMI said on Tuesday that it recorded 979 Iraqis killed in September. The fatalities include those among security forces and troops killed in insurgent attacks nationwide.

The surge in violence was seen after a Shiite-led government of Iraq launched an offensive on a Sunni protest camp in April this year.

More than 5,000 have been killed since then.

After that, bloodshed and violence have become a routine affair for Iraq, with attacks being witnesses almost every day.

Most of the attacks are targeted at Shiites and carried out by al Qaeda`s branch in Iraq, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Militants are keeping up a high pace of attacks in an effort to capitalize on tensions between Iraq`s Sunni and Shiite Muslims, which are being inflamed in part by the sectarian divisions reflected in the civil war in neighboring Syria.

More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears the country could see an even deadlier, sectarian round of bloodshed similar to what brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

First Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 14:22

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