Tuesday, January 16, 2007

U.N.: 34,000 Iraqis killed in violence in 2006

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations said more than 34,000 Iraqi civilians were killed in violence last year, although the number decreased slightly in the last two months compared to September and October.

The U.N. human rights chief in Iraq, Gianni Magazzeni, told a news conference on Tuesday that 34,452 civilians were killed and more than 36,000 wounded in 2006.

He accused the government of failing to provide security and blamed some of the violence on militias colluding with or working inside the police and army.

The figures are much higher than any statistics issued by Iraqi government officials.

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