Iraq violence killed at least 1,273 in October: UN

Mourners gather next to coffins of fifty unidentified bodies, found in mass graves in Basra, Nasiriyah and Babel, during their funeral outside Shiite Imam Ali's Shrine in the holy city of Najaf, central Iraq, on February 24, 2014Violence in Iraq killed at least 1,273 people during October, according to UN figures released on Saturday, while the government gave a significantly higher toll. According to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), at least 856 civilians and 417 security forces members were killed and more than 2,000 were injured. At least 1,119 were killed the previous month, UNAMI said. Iraqi government statistics compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries put the number of people killed in October at 1,725 civilians and members of the security forces, with more than 2,300 wounded.

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