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Iraq says death toll in June highest since May 2007

Published on Jul 1, 2014 6:56 AM
 
Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of the northern Raqqa province on June 30, 2014. Nearly 2,000 people were killed in Iraq this month, the highest figure since May 2007, according to government figures released on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Nearly 2,000 people were killed in Iraq this month, the highest figure since May 2007, according to government figures released on Monday.

Figures compiled by the ministries of health, interior and defence showed that a total of 1,922 people died in June – 1,393 civilians, 380 soldiers and 149 policemen.

A further 2,610 people were wounded, the figures showed, including 1,745 civilians, 644 soldiers and 221 policemen.

The surge in violence comes with militants led by the Islamic State jihadist group having overrun stretches of territory across five provinces north and west of Baghdad in an offensive that has alarmed world leaders.

 
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