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Iraq's monthly death toll hits 131 in June: official figures

English.news.cn   2012-07-02 00:35:13            

BAGHDAD, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The monthly death toll among Iraqis from violence in June reached 131 Iraqis, while Xinhua data and other media-based tallies gave much higher figures to the month's toll.

Official figures compiled by the Iraqi ministries of interior, defense and health showed that a total of 131 people have been killed by the violence across the country in June, including 85 civilians and 46 security members.

The latest official toll is almost the same that of May, when the authorities put the death toll at 132, including 90 civilians and 42 security members.

They also showed that a total of 269 people were wounded in June, including 111 civilians and 158 security members.

Meanwhile, data by Xinhua based on security and medical sources, showed different figures for June's death toll which has exceeded 300 victims among both civilians and security members.

Only one of the month's deadliest attacks that occurred on June 13, during which up to 78 people were killed and some 300 wounded by a wave of coordinated bombings and gunfire struck the Iraqi cities, mainly targeted Shiite pilgrims and security forces during the days of one of major Shiite religious rituals.

However, a tally by the Iraq Body Count, a private British- based group, said on its website that it has recorded 472 civilians killed during June.

Violence in Iraq has ebbed from its climax in 2006 and 2007 when sectarian conflicts pushed the country to the brink of a civil war, but sporadic massive bombings and daily attacks still occur across the country.

Editor: yan
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