Iraq violence kills over 1,100 in February: UN


Latest figures released by the United Nations show that ongoing violence and terror activities claimed the lives of more than 1,100 people across Iraq in the month of February.

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement on Sunday that 611 civilians were among the 1,103 people killed last month. The rest were members of the security forces.

UNAMI further said 2,280 people, including 1,353 civilians, were wounded across Iraq last month, adding that the capital city of Baghdad was the worst hit with 329 people dead and 875 injured.

The UN mission also put January’s toll at 1,375, including some 790 civilians.

The numbers provided by the UN do not include the toll in the regions held by the Islamic State or other militant groups.

“Daily terrorist attacks perpetrated by IS continue to deliberately target all Iraqis,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the special representative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Iraq.

“There are also concerning reports of a number of revenge killings by armed groups in areas recently liberated from IS.”

The report came a day after two deadly car bomb attacks killed more than 50 people and wounded some 70 others in the eastern province of Diyala and the city of Samarra in Salahuddin in the country’s north.

According to UNAMI, last year was the deadliest in Iraq since 2006-2007, with a total of 12,282 people dead and 23,126 wounded.

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