BAGHDAD: In 2013, two bombings near a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad and at one at funeral in south killed at least 46 people and wounded dozens of others, police said.
According to details a bomb exploded as worshipers were leaving the Saria mosque in the centre of Baquba after weekly Muslim prayers, while a second detonated after people gathered at the scene of the first blast, the sources said.
Later, a bomb targeting the funeral procession of a Sunni man killed eight people in the south of Baghdad.
From a peak of 3,000 deaths per month in 2006–07, violence in Iraq decreased steadily for several years before beginning to rise again in 2012.
In December 2012 Baghdad bombings , Sunnis began to protest perceived mistreatment by the Shia-led government. The protests had been largely peaceful, but insurgents, emboldened by the war in neighboring Syria, stepped up attacks in the initial months of 2013.
The number of attacks rose sharply after the Iraqi army raided a protest camp in Hawija on 23 April 2013. Overall, 712 people were killed in April according to UN figures, making it the nation’s deadliest month in five years.
The bombing in the town of Madain also wounded at least 25 people, the sources said. (AFP)
Although the majority of insurgent activity was focused on Baghdad, several attacks took place in the central and northern parts of the country as well. A car bombing killed 3 and injured 9 others in Madain, just south of the capital, while shootings in Mosul killed a policeman and injured two others and a civilian.
In Baghdad bombings, three blasts on a farm in Shirqat killed two Sahwa militiamen and wounded three others. A police captain was critically injured after being shot outside his home in Iskandariya. Roadside blasts in Fallujah injured two soldiers, two civilians, as well as a police officer. Unidentified gunmen killed a teacher in Khalis, a Sahwa official in Kirkuk, and a government employee carrying his co-workers’ salaries in Hit.
A roadside bomb killed a police colonel in Qayara, while two other blasts in Abu Saida and Zab injured two civilians and a Sahwa member.