March Deaths Iraq's Lowest Since 2003

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Official figures show 112 people were killed by violence in Iraq in March, the lowest monthly death toll for Iraqis since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

The figures compiled by the defense, interior and health ministries were released late Sunday and also show that 357 were wounded last month.

The total death toll included 87 civilians, 22 policemen and 12 soldiers.

The previous lowest for a month was in November 2009 when 122 died.

Tight security measures that were imposed for Baghdad's hosting of an Arab summit Friday have led to a big drop in attacks.

Violence has dropped significantly in Iraq, but insurgents often carry out attacks in order to shake confidence on the Shiite-led government.

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