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U.N.: 34,000 Iraqis killed last year


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Photo: Iraqis carry a coffin to bring home the body of a victim of sectarian violence, at Yarmuk Hospital in Baghdad. More than 17,000 Iraqi civilians and police officers died violently in the second half of 2006 in what constitutes a sharp increase from the beginning of the year, The Washington Post reported.(AFP/Ali Yussef)

Jan 16, 2007
By KIM GAMEL, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The
United Nations said Tuesday that more than 34,000 Iraqi civilians were killed in sectarian violence last year, nearly three times the number reported dead by the Iraqi government.
Underscoring the peril faced by Iraqis, Baghdad was struck by two bombings apparently targeting Shiite neighborhoods — one near a university as students were leaving classes for the day that killed at least 31, and another at a used motorcycle marketplace that killed at least 15 people.
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