Violence killed over 16,000 Iraqi civilians in 2016: Research group

January 12, 2017 12:30 pm

People inspect the site of a car bomb attack at a vegetable market in eastern Baghdad, , January 8, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

A research group says violence left 16,361 civilians dead last year in Iraq, which has been hit by a campaign of death and destruction perpetrated by Takfiri Daesh terrorists over the past few years.
In a report released on Thursday, the London-based Iraqi Body Count said that an average of more than 1,300 civilians lost their lives due to violence in the Arab country every month.
It further said that the worst affected areas were the northern province of Nineveh and the capital city of Baghdad, with 7,431 and 3,714 Iraqi civilians killed, respectively.
The most deadly bomb attack took place at a very crowded market in Baghdad’s Karrada neighborhood on July 3, 2016. Daesh claimed responsibility for the incident, which killed 324 people, including women and children.
The second fatal bomb blast also struck at a petrol station and restaurant in the Shomali village in the suburbs of the city of al-Hilla on November 24, 2016. It targeted buses carrying Shia pilgrims returning from Arba’een mourning rituals in the holy city of Karbala. The explosion, which was claimed by Daesh, killed up to 100 civilians, among them nationals from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The picture shows the wreckage of a truck following a bombing that targeted Shia pilgrims in the Iraqi village of Shomali on November 24, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Over the past months, Iraq has been rocked by a wave of terrorist bomb attacks.
The Daesh militants have recently increased their acts of violence across the Arab country in revenge for the blows they have been suffering at the hands of Iraqi forces, particularly in the northern city of Mosul.
Daesh began its campaign of terror in northern and western Iraq in 2014. 
Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters are leading military operations to win back militant-held regions.
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