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2014 deadliest year in Iraq since 2006–07

 Baghdad, January 2: At least 12,282 civilians were killed and 23,126 others injured in 2014, making it the deadliest year in Iraq since 2006–2007 marked by sectarian violence, according to a new UN statement.

“The Iraqi ordiry citizen continues to suffer from violence and terrorism. 2014 has seen the highest number of casualities since the violence in 2006–2007,” the statement quoted Nickolay Mladenov, UN envoy and chief of UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, as saying. During the last month of 2014 alone, 1,101 Iraqis were killed and 1,868 others injured in terrorist attacks and violence across Iraq, Xinhua reported citing the statement. That toll includes 680 civilians and 421 security personnel. “Once again, I call on all political actors in Iraq to come together and find peaceful solutions to the problems that face the country,” Mladenov said. “I do hope that 2015 will be a year in which this can be done.” (IANS)

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