Nearly 200 killed in Iraq in July
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)
Two days of violence in Iraq left 31 people dead, police and medical sources said Monday, as a surge in violence has killed 190 people across the country in July.
Deadly secatrian violence has engulfed the country against a backdrop of political unrest, as Sunni minorities have protested against the Shiite-led government of Nouri al-Maliki.
At least 2,500 people have been killed in the country since April, according to a United Nations report.
Attacks across Iraq left at least 21 people dead on Monday, as gunmen and bombers struck at commercial and military targets.
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.