Insurgent Violence Keeps Pushing Up Iraq's 2013 Death Toll

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_312042d636.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Insurgents remain on the warpath in Iraq with dozens of people killed and scores more injured Tuesday by attacks inside Baghdad and north of the capital. According to Iraqi authorities, at least 23 civilians died in seven separate bombings mainly targeting Shiite neighborhoods.

The attacks occurred during the evening at places where people congregate to dine and shop.

Meanwhile, militants also focused their assaults on security forces as three suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a police station in the Sunni town of Fallujah, leaving eight dead.

There was also a report of insurgents shooting soldiers and policemen traveling in a minibus to Mosul with at least six fatalities in that attack.

Violence in Iraq has been on the rise in recent months as al Qaeda-based groups are exploiting Sunni frustration with the Shiite-led central government.  The death toll has surpassed 5,000 so far in 2013, with most of the fatalities occurring after mid-April.

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