December deadliest month for Iraqis

Interior ministry statistics say 1,930 civilians died during the month.

    The bombing of a Shia mosque in Samarra in February sparked a surge in sectarian killings [AFP]

    A figure of 3,700 civilian deaths in October, the latest figure published by the UN, based on data from the health ministry and the Baghdad morgue, was branded exaggerated by the Iraqi government.
     
    The UN figure indicates about 120 civilians died each day. The government has stopped publishing its own figures and has barred its officials from giving out such data.
     
    Parties affiliated to the government have been accused of involvement death squads and militias.
     
    An interior ministry official said the December figure included people killed in bombings and shootings but not deaths classed as "criminal".
     
    The tally in October was 1,289.
     
    The interior ministry said 125 police officers and 25 Iraqi soldiers were killed in December, similar totals to November and October.
     
    The US military says 112 American soldiers were killed in December, the deadliest month for them in two years.
     
    Just before New Year, the total US death toll since the invasion of March 2003 passed the 3,000 mark.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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