Nationwide violence in Iraq leaves at least 19 dead on Tuesday alone
Iraqi security and hospital officials say 19 people have been killed and several others injured in separate car bomb attacks and shooting incidents across the country.
On Tuesday, the deadliest attack took place in the town of Tarmiyah, situated about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, where a group of militants opened fire on an army patrol.
Eight people, including seven soldiers, were killed in the shoot-out. Another 14, of whom 10 were soldiers, were also wounded.
Elsewhere, three people were killed and eight others wounded when an explosives-laden car went off near a mosque in Baghdad’s southwestern neighborhood of Saidiyah.
Gun attacks and explosions in and around the cities of Baquba, Mosul and Tikrit claimed eight more lives.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but such acts of violence bear the hallmarks of Al Qaeda-affiliated militants in Iraq, which seek to destabilize the central government.
Iraq has been experiencing its deadliest cycle of violence over the past six years, with Al Qaeda-linked militants waging a fresh round of war against the government.
According to figures based on reports from police and medical sources, more than 400 people have been killed so far this month In Iraq.
The United Nations says more than 700 people have died in violence in Iraq in February, not including nearly 300 deaths resulting from fierce clashes between government forces and militants in the western province of Anbar.
Some 1,013 people were also killed in January, making it the deadliest month in Iraq since April 2008.