According to KBIA on Tuesday, the United Nations mission in Iraq announced that 979 Iraqis were killed in attacks during the month of September.
The number sums up to 5,740 Iraqis that have been killed in this year alone, exceeding the total killed in all of 2012. The AP reported:
"Sectarian bloodshed has surged to levels not seen in Iraq since 2008. More than 5,000 people have been killed since April, when a deadly government raid on a Sunni protest camp unleashed a new round of violence that showed al-Qaida in Iraq is still strong despite years of U.S.-Iraqi offensives against the terror group..."
The number of people killed in Iraqi in September increased after militants attacked local government and police buildings in northern Iraq with suicide bombs and mortar fire on September 24, sparking clashes that killed a further 14 people among 24 deaths nationwide.
One suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a police station, while a second blew up another near a local administrative building.
Militants then hit both buildings and a local council office with mortar fire, and gunmen clashed with the army. Seven civilians, three soldiers and four militants were killed and 22 people wounded.
The Hawijah assault came a day after militants attacked two police stations and a local official?s house in two towns northwest of Baghdad, killing seven police and the official?s brother.
In the capital, six members of a single family were shot dead today, officials said.
Diplomats and analysts say the Shiite-led government's failure to address the grievances of the Sunni Arab minority, who complain of political exclusion and abuses at the hands of the security forces, has driven the spike in violence this year.