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Iraq's monthly death toll halves in August

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Iraq's monthly death toll halves in August


At least three people have been killed with more than a dozen others injured by a car bomb blast in western Baghdad.

The device went off on Saturday night after being planted and parked in a vehicle left outside a popular cafe in the al-Shurta al-Rabia district.

One eyewitness hurt in the explosion was at pains to understand why anyone would do this: “All people here want to do is work for a living. There is no police. We don’t know who did this or why? Does he want to stop people from earning?, he asked.

Government figures show militants killed 164 Iraqis last month, half the number killed in July as security forces wrestle with a insurgency that is becoming more stubborn and brazen in its attacks.

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