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article imageViolence in Iraq on the increase

By Jane Fazackarley     Jun 22, 2009 in World
There has been another surge in violence in Iraq with approximately 21 killed in attacks throughout the country and an estimated 75 injured.
Among the dead are three students who were due to sit exams, a four-year-old and three soldiers from the Iraqi Army, reports say.
On Saturday, 70 were killed and 200 were injured a truck bomb exploded. The attack happened in Kirkuk and it was the worse attack this year.
Violence has surged just a short while before U.S. soldiers are due to start leaving the town and cities of Iraq.
These attacks by insurgents are thought to be aimed at decreasing the country's stability as the pull-out date nears.
Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, said to the Iraqi people:
"Don't lose heart if a breach of security occurs here or there."
The worst of Monday's carnage was caused by a suicide bomb in Abu Ghraib; seven people died and a further 13 were injured.
Another bomb, this time on the road side, hit a mini bus that was taking students to college where they were meant to take exams.
In another incident, a four-year-old died after being caught up in a bomb attack. Three people died in total and 30 were injured.
The majority of U.S. troops are expected to leave the towns and cities of the country by June 30.
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