812 people killed in Iraqi violence in April—UN

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Baghdad- The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Sunday in Baghdad said that a total of 812 Iraqis were killed and 1,726 others in terrorist attacks and violence in April in Iraq.

A statement by the UN mission said 535 civilians, including 30 policemen, and 277 Iraqi security forces , were killed, while 1,456 other civilians, including 58 policemen, and 270 security members were wounded.

The UNAMI said the list excluded the casualties in Anbar province, where fierce clashes are continuing between the Iraqi forces and the Islamic State (IS) militant group, which has seized most of the province.

The UNAMI said that there were unknown people who died from secondary effects of violence after fleeing their homes due exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicine and health care.

The statement noted that the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, was the worst affected province, with 1,165 civilian casualties, out of which were 319 killed and 846 injured.

It added that the provinces of Diyala, Kirkuk, Salahudin and Nineveh, followed in the list.

The UNAMI also said that it had received unconfirmed reports that 300 men of the Yazidi minority might have been murdered by the IS militants in the militant-held town of Tal Afar in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh on April 27.

The reports said that the Yazidis had been captured by IS militant group since August 2014 and were forcibly converted to Islam.

Meanwhile, Jan Kubis, UN Envoy for Iraq and UNAMI Chief, said the security situation in the country had drastically deteriorated since June, when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and hundreds of militants from the IS.

He said the mhe militants took control of the country’s northern of Mosul, and later seized swathes of territories after Iraqi security forces abandoned their posts in Nineveh and other predominantly Sunni provinces.

Earlier, a UN report said 2014 witnessed some of the worst violence in years, leaving at least 12,282 civilians killed, and 23,126 others injured, making it the deadliest year since the flare-up of sectarian violence in 2006-2007. (Xinhua/NAN)