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Violence In Iraq Claims 761 Lives In June

A police officer looks at the scene of a deadly suicide attack in front of a police station in Basra on June 13.
The United Nations says the number of Iraqis killed in acts of terrorism and violence across the country reached 761 last month.

In a statement, the UN said most casualties were civilian -- 685 -- including 131 civilian police officers. A further 76 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed.

A total of 1,771 Iraqis were wounded in attacks in June.

The statement says Baghdad was the worst-affected governorate with 950 civilian casualties.

More than 1,000 people were killed in violence in Iraq in May.

On July 1, police found the bodies of eight members of a pro-government Sunni militia who were killed execution-style and dumped near the town of Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad.

Officials said the men were snatched from their houses during the past two days.

With reporting by Reuters
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