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Iraq's monthly death toll slightly climbs in April

(Xinhua)

08:27, May 02, 2012

BAGHDAD, May 1 (Xinhua) -- The monthly death toll among Iraqis from violence in April slightly increased compared to the previous month, when the toll downed to its lowest level since 2003 U.S.- led invasion, the Iraqi authorities said Tuesday.

A total of 126 people have been killed by attacks during April across the country, including 88 civilians and 38 security members, according to figures compiled by the Iraqi ministries of interior, defense and health.

April's death toll is slightly higher than that of March, when the authorities put the toll at 112 killed, including 78 civilians and 34 security members.

The figures also showed that a total of 271 people were wounded in April, including 13 civilians and 139 security members.

The deadliest incident occurred on April 19, when a series of attacks struck six Iraqi provinces, killing at least 43 people and wounding some 155, in what appeared to be an attempt by insurgent groups to destabilize the country and undermine confidence in the Iraqi government.

Sporadic attacks are still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

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