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July 'deadliest month' in Iraq

Officials say violence the worst since March 2003

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- An Iraqi Health Ministry official has said July was the deadliest month for civilians since the war started in March 2003.

During the month, 3,438 Iraqis were killed -- 1,885 due to sectarian or political violence and another 1,583 from bombings and shootings.

Nearly 3,600 Iraqis were wounded, the official said.

around Iraq left 30 people dead Wednesday, authorities said.

Underscoring the violence, at least three people were killed and 27 others wounded when a bomb exploded Thursday in an eastern Baghdad marketplace, Baghdad emergency police said.

The attack took place shortly after midday at Sadr City's Rashaad market.

In Muqdadiya, 18 people were wounded, including three police, when mortar rounds hit a market in the city,about 60 miles (100 km) northeast of Baghdad, police said.

Nine people were wounded in northern Iraq when a car bomb exploded near a Kurdish security forces convoy in Sinjar in northern Iraq, according to police.

On Wednesday, a U.S. soldier was killed in Anbar province, west of Baghdad on Wednesday, a U.S. military statement said.

The soldier was assigned to the Army's 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division and died from wounds "sustained due to enemy action," according to the statement.

Since the start of the war, there have been 2,603 U.S. military fatalities in Iraq.

Gunmen arrested

On Wednesday two car bombs exploded on a commercial street in central Baghdad, killing 13 and wounding 43, an official with Baghdad emergency police said.

Earlier, a bomb detonated in a street market in central Baghdad's Nahdha district, killing nine and wounding 24, police said.

In Mosul, 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of Baghdad, six gunmen were killed and two were wounded during firefights with Iraqi security forces.

Authorities arrested five gunmen and confiscated munitions.

The Mosul fighting came a day after a suicide bomber detonated a truck outside a political headquarters in the city, killing nine people.

Also, Wednesday morning, one person died and 11 were wounded when clashes broke out between police and members of Bani Assad tribe in Basra.

The tribal members attacked the Basra governor's office, contending provincial officials were behind the killing of their leader, Sheik Faysal Akhrabit al-Khayoun. He was killed by gunmen Tuesday night.

Authorities imposed a curfew after the violence, and British soldiers arrived to help restore calm. Basra, about 300 miles (480 kilometers) south of Baghdad, is Iraq's second-largest city. It's population is predominantly Shiite.

In another incident, one Iraqi police officer was killed and four were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi police patrol in western Baquba, about 40 miles north of Baghdad.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report

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