Iraqi death toll soars in June

2011-07-01 09:03

Baghdad – The number of Iraqis killed in violence in June was the highest since the start of the year, according to figures released today.

A total of 271 people – 155 civilians, 77 police officers and 39 soldiers – died in attacks last month, data compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries showed.

The overall toll was the highest monthly figure for Iraq since September, when 273 Iraqis died. The previous high for this year was January, when 259 were killed.

A further 454 people were wounded in June, including 192 civilians, 77 police officers and 39 soldiers. The figures also showed 25 insurgents were killed and 102 arrested.

US soldiers (14) also died last month, making it the deadliest month for American troops in three years.

The overall number of US soldiers killed in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion is 4 469, according to an AFP count based on the independent website, www.icasualties.org.

Nearly 50 000 American troops are still in Iraq, down from a peak of more than 170 000 after the invasion.

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