13 dead as violence sweeps Iraq

Published September 3rd, 2013 - 12:21 GMT
A wave of violence swept across Baghdad and its suburbs on Tuesday, killing 13 people. (Getty)
A wave of violence swept across Baghdad and its suburbs on Tuesday, killing 13 people. (Getty)

A car bombing and a shooting killed 13 people in Iraq on Tuesday, including an Al Qaeda militiaman and his family in the latest wave of sectarian killings in the troubled country, officials said. 

Tuesday's deadliest attack came when gunmen stormed the house of a milita member opposed to Al Qaeda, killing the man, his wife and three children in a southern suburb of the capital, police and hospital officials told Agence France Presse.

The victim was a member of Sahwa, a group that joined forced with US troops in height of the war in Iraq. Its alliance with the US has meant that Sahwa members have frequently been targeted by Al Qaeda members, who consider them traitors, according to the Associated Press.

A car bomb was detonated in a busy restaurant in the town of Jbala, south of Baghdad, killing two and wounding seven, according to AP.

Tuesday, a car bomb blew up at a restaurant in the town of Jbala just south of the capital, killing two people and wounding seven others.

Gunmen shot dead two people  in Baghdad’s southern Dora suburb and four bodies with gunshot wounds were discovered in different locations across the capital, the officials told AP, adding that "The discovery of the bodies was reminiscent of sectarian violence that engulfed the country several years ago, when corpses littered the streets."

Violence in Iraq has increased since April this year to levels not seen since 2008, AP reported.

More than 4,000 people have been killed over the past five months alone, including more than 800 in August, according to figures provided by United Nations officials based in Iraq.

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