Roadside bombs in Iraq kill at least four on October 19, 2012. Despite the withdrawal of US troops after a eight year occupation the war continues., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Roadside bomb kills 4, injures 14 in central Iraq
Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:28PM GMT
Four people have been killed and 14 others injured in a roadside bomb attack in central Iraq.
On Friday, a roadside bomb ripped through a bus near the town of Balad, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad, security and medical sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press.
The victims were reportedly Shias who had travelled from Pakistan and were on their way to a holy shrine.
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.