BAGHDAD — Violence across Iraq killed nearly 1,000 people in October, the United Nations said Friday, as the world body’s representative there called on leaders to take bold action to stop the ‘‘current mayhem’’ gripping the country.
Car bombings, shootings, and other attacks have been on the rise all year, intensifying fears that widespread sectarian conflict again may overwhelm the country. Widespread chaos nearly tore the country apart in the aftermath of the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003.
The bloodshed accelerated sharply after a deadly April 23 crackdown by security forces on a Sunni protest camp in a northern Iraqi town. That set off near-daily attacks, mostly by Sunni extremists and Al Qaeda militants determined to undermine the country’s Shi’ite-led government.
UN mission chief Nickolay Mladenov said: ‘‘Indiscriminate violence is constant . . . . Every day, every week, every month, dozens, if not hundreds, of innocent Iraqis are killed or deeply wounded,’’ he said. ‘‘This is senseless.’’