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Iraq Death Toll Up Sharply In September

2 October 2005 -- Statistics issued by the Iraqi government indicate the number of Iraqis killed in attacks in September rose to 702 from 526 in August. Most of those killed were civilians.

AFP news agency cites data from the Health, Interior, and Defense ministries showing the victims were killed in the course of 32 car bombings, 50 shootings, two walk-in suicide bombers and several mortar attacks.

Some 848 Iraqis were also wounded last month, up from 647 in August.

Official figures put the number of rebels killed last month at 194, compared to 58 in August. Some 907 were arrested.

Since the start of the year, more than 4,300 Iraqis have been killed. Over the same period, statistics showed security forces have killed just over 1,100 rebels.