Iraq vi­o­lence killed more than 12,000 civil­ians in 2014, the U.N. says

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Vi­o­lence in Iraq killed at least 12,282 civil­ians last year, the dead­li­est since the sec­tar­ian strife of 2007, United Na­tions of­fi­cials said.

“Yet again, the Iraqi or­di­nary cit­i­zen con­tin­ues to suf­fer from vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ism.... This is a very sad state of af­fairs,” Nick­o­lay Mlade­nov, head of the U.N. po­lit­i­cal mis­sion in Iraq, said in a state­ment.

Of­fi­cials cau­tioned that “the fig­ures re­ported have to be con­sid­ered as the ab­so­lute min­i­mum.” The U.N. said vi­o­lence in­jured 23,126 Iraqi civil­ians in 2014.

Most of the deaths -- about 8,500 -- came dur­ing the sec­ond half of the year amid Is­lamic State’s ma­jor of­fen­sive. Mil­i­tants seized con­trol of large ar­eas of Iraq, in­clud­ing Mo­sul, the coun­try’s sec­ond-largest city.

In De­cem­ber, 1,101 Iraqis were killed by vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing 651 civil­ians, 29 po­lice­men and 421 mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces, of­fi­cials said. The dead­li­est area was Bagh­dad, the cap­i­tal, where 320 civil­ians died, fol­lowed by An­bar prov­ince to the west, where 164 were killed.

In 2013, the U.N. re­ported 7,818 Iraqi civil­ians killed.

Iraqi emer­gency per­son­nel re­move a body from the site of a bomb at­tack on Aug. 23, 2014, the north­ern city of Kirkuk.

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