Iraq death toll stable in January

2012-02-01 16:49

BAGHDAD, Feb 1, 2012 (AFP) -The number of Iraqis killed in January remained stable compared with December, when the United States ended its military presence in Iraq, official figures showed on Wednesday.

In total, 151 Iraqis -- 99 civilians, 31 policemen and 21 soldiers -- were killed in attacks, according to interior and defence ministry figures.

That marks one of the lowest monthly toll since 2003 and compares to 155 -- 90 civilians, 36 policemen and 29 soldiers -- killed in December.

But the number of people wounded rose in January to 321 -- 85 soldiers, 85 policemen and 151 civilians -- from 279 in December

Meanwhile, 41 insurgents were killed and 214 arrested.

In 2011, 2,456 people were killed and 4,413 wounded, according to official annual figures. That compares 3,605 killed and 7,713 wounded in 2010.

Violence has diminished in the past years from the peak years of 2006 and 2007 at the height of sectarian conflict. In 2007, an estimated 17,956 people lost their lives.

Since the withdrawal of US troops in December, Iraq has been plunged into a bitter political crisis that some analysts warn could degenerate into all out civil war.

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