(BAGHDAD) — June stands to be the most violent month this year in Iraq as at least 13 more people were slain Monday, including nine young soccer players and fans near a field south of Baghdad.
Local police in Hilla said that a powerful car bomb detonated during a game that also left 32 people wounded. Meanwhile, another explosion Monday 60 miles north of the capital killed four people and injured seven others.
It’s believed that al Qaeda’s front group, the Islamic State of Iraq, is responsible for the latest string of violence this month in Iraq that has claimed at least 173 lives.
Last month, authorities reported 132 deaths throughout the country. Iraqi officials say that political unrest between the Shiite-run government and minority Sunnis and Kurds contributes to the unstable environment in Iraq.
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