Weekly Security Update 24 – 31 July 2013

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By Tom Walker, Director, Assaye Risk

COUNTRY OVERVIEW

Iraq has once again been gripped by severe violence this week with hundreds killed in multiple bombings and shootings, which have predominantly, and somewhat unsurprisingly, targeted Baghdad and the northern Provinces.

Thursday 25 July saw at least 28 people were killed in bombings and shootings across Iraq.  In the deadliest attack, a bomb in a parked car exploded in a busy market killing 14 people in central Muqdadiya, 80 km northeast of the capital Baghdad and a bomb placed in a garden where people were celebrating a wedding exploded killing four people from the Amiriya District of Baghdad.  Further across the capital witnesses also saw numerous gunmen using silenced weapons targeting groups of young men leaving 8 dead in separate incidents across the city.

The violence was not limited just to Baghdad Thursday.  In Madaen, about 30 km southeast of Baghdad, a roadside bomb planted near a cafe went off, killing three people.  Militants killed a police officer in the northern city of Mosul, while a child died in a roadside bombing, and a civil servant was also shot dead bringing the monthly death toll to more than 800 people killed in militant attacks in Iraq.

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