More killed by violence in Iraq: UN
Provincial officials said the gunmen planned to attack Shiite pilgrims and clerics during ceremonies marking one of the holiest dates in the Shiite calendar – Ashoura. The US military says an American helicopter went down during Sunday's combat operations. 2 crew members on board died. A U.S. statement said the incident occurred while the helicopter was conducting operations to assist Iraqi Security Forces. Meanwhile, in Baghdad, on Sunday, 5 pupils were killed and 20 wounded in a mortar attack on a girls' school in the western part of the Iraqi capital.At least 7 other people died in a series of bombings and shootings across the city.Later, in Sadr City, a parked car bomb exploded near a market, killing at least 4 people and wounding 39. In the latest attack, in the Bhaiyaa neighbourhood of western Baghdad, a bomb hidden in a bag exploded at an outdoor market. At least two people are killed and 17 wounded – including two children. In the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, two car bombs exploded within a half hour of each other, killing a total of 11 people and wounding 34.More than 150 people have died in Iraq this week alone.