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September was Iraq’s bloodiest month in 2 years

iraq blastThree hundred and sixty-five people were killed in Iraq in September, making it the country’s deadliest month in over two years.
According to figures released by Iraqi officials on Monday, nearly half of the victims were civilians.
The statistics, which were compiled by the health, interior, and defense ministries, show that 182 civilians, 88 police officers, and 95 soldiers were killed in attacks in September.
Another 683 people — 453 civilians, 110 police officers, and 120 soldiers — were injured.
The violence reached a crescendo on September 8 and 9, when more than 30 attacks killed at least 88 people and injured more than 400.

September 30 was the second deadliest day of the month, with a death toll of at least 33 and 106 injured.

Violence has increased in Iraq since December 2011, when an arrest warrant was issued for fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been charged with running a death squad targeting Iraqi officials and Shia Muslims.

In response, the government has stepped up efforts to increase security across the country over the past few months.

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