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Five Shia Muslims martyred, 26 injured in twin bombing in Baghdad

baghdad bombingA twin bombing has left five people dead and 26 others injured in a mostly Shia neighborhood of Baghdad.

The incident took place near the al-Sadrein mosque in the Zafaraniyah neighborhood of the Iraqi capital on Friday, the Associated Press reported.
Bombings and shootings have recently increased across Iraq, and many believe that the attacks are being carried out to undermine the central government.
Official figures show that September was the bloodiest month in Iraq in almost two years, with attacks killing 365 people, the highest monthly death toll since August 2010.
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.
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 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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