At least 21 killed as bombers and gunmen wreak havoc across Iraq
Iraqis inspect the site of a suicide car bomb attack in the Al-Haq square in Samarra, a predominantly Sunni town north of Baghdad, on July 5 (AFP)
Attacks across Iraq left at least 21 people dead on Monday, as gunmen and bombers struck at commercial and military targets.
The deadliset attack took place in the town of Maidan, southeast of Baghdad, where a bomb exploded near a youth center, killing six and wounding three others, according to police sources, as quoted by AP.
A car bomber struck at a commercial district in the northern city of Mosul, leaving one civilian dead and wounding five more. A second car bomb exploded in the city, killling five and wounding a further five.
Gunmen also shot dead a police officer and a civilian in separate attacks as the recent violence in the city spiked. Located 360 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, Mosul has witnessed increasingly deadly attacks over the last few weeks.
Monday's violence is the latest in a trend of deadly sectarian attacks that have swept the country, amid increasing political tensions.
More than 2,500 people have been killed since April, whilst May was the deadliest month in nearly five years with more than 1,000 people being killed, according to a United Nations report. The upward trend of violence has seemingly continued into July, with more than 100 people being killed in the first two days of the month alone.