Iraq's death toll of violence rises in March

09:43, April 06, 2010      

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The death toll from violence in march slightly climbed comparing to the previous month, as Iraqi cities witnessed a series of attacks during the country's crucial parliamentary elections, Iraqi authorities said on Monday.

Figures compiled by Iraqi Interior, Defense and Health ministries showed that up to 367 people have been killed during the month across the country, including 216 civilians and 151 security members.

The total death toll of March is higher than of February when the authorities announced the death of 352 people.

The ministries' data also showed that 699 people were wounded, including 419 civilians and 280 security members.

On March 7, some 62.4 percent of more than 18 million eligible voters turned out in some 8,920 polling centers across the country to vote for the 325-seat Iraqi Council of Representatives despite mortar and bomb explosions that claimed the lives of many Iraqis.

The latest death toll came as Iraqi political parties are struggling to form the next government which is widely expected to shape the future of the war-torn country.

Source: Xinhua


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