At least seven people, including a journalist, have been killed in a fresh wave of bombings and shooting attacks across Iraq, official sources say.
According to Iraqi authorities, unknown assailants opened fire on a restaurant located west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing four people and injuring seven others in a drive-by shooting on Thursday. Iraqi security sources said a bomb explosion took place near a café in the town of Madain located 20 kilometers south of Baghdad. Two people died and seven others were wounded in the blast. Meanwhile, armed assailants shot dead Bashar Abdulqader Najm, a cameraman working for al-Mosuliya television station, in the northern city of Mosul, police officials reported. He is the third journalist to be killed in the city this month. On Wednesday, a spate of terrorist activities led to the death of at least 28 people, including 25 police forces and three civilians, in Iraq’s western Province of al-Anbar. On the same day, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said his country is facing a “war of genocide,” blaming the al-Qaeda militant group for killing thousands of people across the Arab state. Over the past months, violence in Iraq has reached an unprecedented level since 2008. According to AFP figures citing security and medical sources, more than 550 people have been killed across the violence-stricken country this month. Over 5,250 people have also lost their lives since the beginning of 2013. The United Nations says a total of 1,057 Iraqis, including 928 civilians, were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout the country in July--the deadliest month since 2008.