Last updated: 2 June, 2012

Iraqi deaths from attacks increase for second straight month

The number of Iraqis killed in May increased for a second consecutive month, but remained near the lowest level since the 2003 US-led invasion, according to official figures released on Saturday.

In total, 132 Iraqis — 90 civilians, 20 policemen and 22 soldiers — died in attacks nationwide, figures compiled by the ministries of health, interior and defence showed.

That compared with 126 deaths in April and 112 in March, the latter of which was the lowest monthly figure since the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

A total of 248 people were wounded in violence in May, including 115 civilians, 80 policemen and 53 soldiers. The figures also showed that 20 insurgents were killed and 105 arrested.

The worst violence took place on May 31, when a spate of bombings across Baghdad killed 17 people, while shootings in the north of the country left three others dead.