April Was Deadliest Month In Iraq In Five Years
The pre-election violence that plagued Iraq last month was the worst the nation has seen since June 2008:
BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations mission to Iraq says more people were killed in violent attacks across the country in April than in any other month since June 2008.
The U.N. figures released on Thursday underscore concerns that security is quickly deteriorating in Iraq, where violence spiked in the last part of Apri
The UN says it recorded 712 people killed last month, including 117 members of the Iraqi security forces. The capital district of Baghdad was the worst affected.
Casualty tolls in Iraq can vary considerably, with official reports at times differing from accounts from local police and hospital officials. The Associated Press recorded more than 400 killed last month.
Whether this was a one-time uptick related to the elections, or the beginning of a new phase of violence remains to be seen.