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UN: 68 Iraq civilians killed in April

A destroyed vehicle is seen after an explosion was carried to assassinate a parliamentary candidate in Kirkuk, Iraq on 15 April 2018 [Ali Mukarrem Garip/Anadolu Agency]

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said as many as “68 Iraqi civilians were killed in April, while 122 others were injured by acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict”.

The mission added in its monthly report issued yesterday that a majority of the victims or 24 people were killed in the province of Anbar, while 29 people were wounded there. Eight were killed in Baghdad and 10 in Kirkuk.

In March, UNAMI reported that as many as 104 civilians were killed and 177 people were injured.

Iraq announced victory over Daesh in December last year, bring in stability to parts of the country. The group, however, continues to maintain “sleeper cells” in several parts of the country, including the oil-rich Kirkuk province.

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