Official figures show that more than 960 people were killed and hundreds of others wounded due to a surge in terrorist attacks across Iraq in October, making it the countryâ€™s bloodiest month since 2008.
Fresh data released by Iraqâ€™s ministries of health, interior and defense showed on Friday that violence in the Arab country killed 964 people – 855 civilians, 65 policemen and 44 soldiers – and injured 1,600 others in October.
The October death toll was the highest since April 2008, when 1,073 people were killed in terrorist assaults in the violence-stricken country, according to government figures.
This is while the United Nations figures suggest that July has been the bloodiest month in the country since 2008, with a total of 1,057 Iraqis, including 928 civilians, killed and another 2,326 wounded in terrorist attacks.
On Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called for a global effort to battle the â€œvirusâ€ of al-Qaeda and similar terrorist groups.
â€œIf we have had two world wars, we want a third world war against those who are killing people, killing populations, who are calling for bloodshed, for ignorance and do not want logic to govern our daily lives,â€ said Maliki.
The Iraqi prime minister dismissed the idea that Iraq is grappling with sectarian violence, stressing that all, including Shia and Sunni Muslims as well as the Kurds, â€œare targeted.â€
According to the United Nations, carnage led to the death of some 5,000 people in Iraq between January and September of 2013.
A study released this month by academics based in the United States, Canada and Iraq said nearly half a million people have died due to war-related incidents in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003.