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Iraqi death toll reaches 1,000 in April

Official figures reveal that more than 1,000 people, mostly civilians, were killed in sporadic incidents of violence across Iraq in April, the health, defence and interior ministries revealed yesterday.

The figures show that of the 1,009 people killed, 881 were civilians, 76 were military personal and 52 were police officers, AFP reported.

Some 1,366 people were injured including 1,152 civilians, 125 military personnel and 89 police officers.

According to the same figures 112 terrorists were killed and 323 others were arrested.

The figures suggest a small increase in violence in April compared to March when 1,004 people were killed.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a report yesterday that 750 people were killed in April and 1,541 others were injured. The report did not include victims who fell in the Anbar Province of western Iraq where government forces have been involved in heavy clashes with gunmen mostly affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) who control the city of Fallujah, 60 kilometres west of Baghdad and scattered areas in nearby Ramadi.

AFP quoted government figures which reveal that more than 3,000 people have been killed since violence erupted in the country in December.

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