Militants kill family of five in Iraq

Violence in Iraq has surged this year to levels not seen since 2008.



By (AFP)

Published: Thu 19 Dec 2013, 4:06 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:33 PM

Militants dressed in army uniforms attacked the house of an anti-Al Qaeda militiaman in Iraq on Thursday, killing him, his wife and their three children, security officials said.

The attack took place in the Abu Ghraib area, west of Baghdad, the officials said.

Violence in Iraq has surged this year to levels not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict.

More people were killed in the first eight days of this month than in all of December last year.

And more than 6,550 people have been killed since the beginning of 2013, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

The civil war in neighbouring Syria, which has bolstered extremist groups, has also played a role.


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