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​More than 100 people dead in Iraq in single day of violence

Published time: June 07, 2014 20:46
Edited time: June 09, 2014 03:21

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Iraq saw one of the bloodiest days Saturday with a string of car bombings killing an estimated total of 60 in Baghdad, while a further 59 died in the country’s north. Several fatalities were also reported after militants took students hostage in Ramadi.

In Baghdad, the most severe of the attacks took place in Bayaa, the capital’s southwestern neighborhood. There alone 23 people were killed – the majority of whom had been young and engaged in a game of billiards.

Clashes in the northern city of Mosul took lives of 21 police and 38 militants as the fighting spilled over into the second day, an officer and mortuary employee told AFP.

On Saturday, armed militants also took over a university in Ramadi, located in the western province of Anbar, capturing male and female staff and students. The gunmen fought their way through the Anbar University guards, wounding some, and blowing up a bridge.

Security forces “liberated all of the male and female student hostages from the dormitories in Anbar University” and regained control of checkpoints at its entrances several hours into the assault, Deputy Interior Minister Adnan Al Assadi stated in an email to AFP.

Two people died – a student and a policeman according to hospital sources.

One of the university guards told Reuters: “I think the militants will withdraw as their target was not the university. They came to stay in Humaira, and we know how important it is for them…they want to be connected with their gunmen in Falluja. I think the security forces realize that.”

However, targeting the university could also have marked a change in methods.

“It could be a change of tactics” Middle East expert, Deepak Tripathi, told RT. “Although it seems that the incident is over…these students are going to go out and they will speak about their trauma to others, and that is a sign of pretty sophisticated terrorist tactics.”

“Militants in Iraq…are not afraid of dying. So if they had launched this attack to kill and die in the process, then in all probability they would have done that. They have withdrawn and now the consequences will appear.”

Almost 800 people were reported to have been killed in Iraqi violence last month, two-thirds of the victims being civilians.

While the bloodshed remains below the levels seen in 2006 and 2007, last year was Iraq's deadliest since violence began to ease in 2008. In 2013, 8,868 people were killed in terrorist attacks or other acts of violence, according to UN statistics.

Comments (34)

 

Mohammed Omer Ahmed 24.07.2014 16:03

Quran states:
And hold fast, all together, by the rope which God (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude God’s favor on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren;and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire,and He saved you from it. Thus doth God make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided(The Glorious Quran 3:103)

 

Mohammed Omer Ahmed 24.07.2014 16:02

Ark of the Covenan gives victories to the followers previously. Now think, God how much loves his messengers and their belongings. So be careful when respect of prophet and the chosen people comes. Don't take it lightly. Otherwise you will get destroyed by your acts.

 

Mohammed Omer Ahmed 24.07.2014 15:44

Holy Quran:
[042:013] He enacted rules (and rites) for your religion which are the same (rules) as He decreed for (the messenger) Nooh. What We have revealed to you are the same commandments as We gave to (the messengers) Ibraheem, Musa and Jesus: (namely) to establish the faith and not (disunite and) splinter into sects. (Oh Muhammad, SAW), what you are calling them towards _ (the worship of the One true god, Allah) _ is too burdensome to bear for those accepting other gods beside Him. Allah selects whom He wants, and guides along His path the one who turns to Him (in repentance).

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