The surge in the bloodshed is raising fears of a return to the widespread killing that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003 US-led invasion. (Agencies)
The deadliest ever attack took place late Sunday night when gunmen in a speeding car opened fire randomly on a gathering of people at a street in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, killing four people and wounding three, said Kirkuk Deputy Police Chief Major General Torhan Abdul-Rahman Youssef.
A bomb later exploded inside a cafe in western Baghdad shortly before midnight, killing three and wounding 12, the police said. Earlier in the day, police officials said that a roadside bomb struck an army patrol near the northern city of Mosul, killing three soldiers.
In Tikrit in central Iraq, a car bomb killed Judge Sajid Abdul-Amir as he was driving to his work, the police said. In eastern Baghdad, two people were killed in a blast, the police said. Meanwhile, mortar rounds landed on houses in the capital's western suburbs, killing two people, the authorities said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, though security forces and civilians are frequently targeted by al-Qaida's Iraq branch.
With Saturday's attacks, at least 612 people have been killed since the start of Ramzan. Along with security officials being killed, there have been multiple bloody attacks targeting civilians in cafes as they broke their daily fast. It's been the bloodiest Ramzan in Iraq since 2007.
The surge in the bloodshed is raising fears of a return to the widespread killing that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003 US-led invasion.