Weekly Security Update 09 – 16 July 2013

During Sunday the focus of attacks shifted into the southern provinces as Sunni insurgents sought to maintain pressure on the Shia community in the wake of Saturdays bombings of numerous Sunni religious gatherings and sites.

At least 24 people were killed on Sunday in a series of attacks against the Shia community.  In the first incident a suicide bomber killed at least four people in a Shi’ite mosque in the town of Mussayab, and in Kut city, a car bomb went off in a busy market, killing five.  Further south three bombs exploded in quick succession near the headquarters of a Shi’ite political party in the southern oil hub of Basra killing at least eight people.

As the day continued numerous bombings rocked Shia religious sites in a series of attacks that targeted worshippers and those breaking the fast.  Two bombings near Sunni mosques in Baghdad killed at least 23 people who had come to pray after breaking the fast with a further two car bombs detonating in a market in Nassiriya, 300 km southeast of Baghdad, killing two people.  A final series of attacks saw another car bomb and shootings kill nine at a busy market in the Shi’ite shrine city of Kerbala, 80 km southwest of Baghdad.

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