Gunmen attack Shia families, kill 16 south of Baghdad

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At least 12 people, including 10 security forces, have been killed in deadly bombing and shooting attacks across Iraq. On Wednesday, five soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in a bomb attack against their convoy in the town of Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad. Separately, five police officers were killed in a bomb attack at their local police station. Two civilians were also wounded in the incident. And in the capital's eastern Basmaya district, unknown gunmen killed a mechanic and his son. Reports say a total of 83 deaths have been recorded since Tuesday. On September 3, 16 people were killed and six others wounded after unknown gunmen attacked two Shia families in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad's Latifiyah town. Five children and three women were among the dead. Insurgents affiliated with al-Qaeda have stepped up their attacks in Iraq over the past months targeting both Sunni and Shia Muslims. Iraq's Interior Ministry has accused militants of launching an open war in Iraq and wanting to push the Middle Eastern country into chaos. On September 1, the United Nations said in a report that more than 800 people had been killed and 2,000 injured in the month of August. According to the United Nations, a total of 1,057 Iraqis, including 928 civilians, were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout the country in July -- the deadliest month since 2008.

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