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Attacks in Iraq killed 409 people in Ramadan: AFP tally

Published on Aug 20, 2012 4:17 PM
A resident looks at the wreckage of a vehicle at the site of a car bomb attack in Sadr City, northeastern Baghdad, on Aug 17, 2012, a day after a series of attacks tore through the country. A series of bombings and shootings killed more than 70 people across Iraq on Thursday in a bloody day of attacks underscoring the country's struggle with a stubborn insurgency more than half a year after the U.S. military withdrew. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Bombings and shootings in Iraq killed at least 409 people and wounded 975 during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, according to an AFP tally based on security and medical officials.

The month saw a number of deadly days, including July 23, when 113 people were killed and 259 wounded in a wave of attacks across the country, and Aug 16, when 82 were killed and 270 wounded.

Ramadan, when observant Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex during the day, began on July 21 and ended for Iraqi Sunnis and some Shi'ites after sundown on August 18, and the rest the next night.

But violence often rises during the holy month in Iraq because, "radicalised terrorists are often more intent on conducting these (suicide attacks) during the holy month of Ramadan because it is a period associated with martyrdom and self-sacrifice," said Mr John Drake, a security analyst with AKE Group.

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