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More than 1,000 killed in Iraq in January: ministries

BAGHDAD--More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in January, figures showed Friday, as the country grapples with a surge in attacks and battles militants holding territory on Baghdad's doorstep.

The violence, the country's worst since 2008, comes with elections looming in less than three months.

The new figures, compiled by the ministries of health, interior and defence, showed that 1,013 people were killed in January, including 795 civilians, 122 soldiers and 96 policemen.

That was the highest toll since April 2008, when 1,073 people were killed, at a time when Iraq was slowly emerging from a brutal Sunni-Shiite sectarian war that left tens of thousands dead and scores of others displaced.

Another 2,024 people were wounded in January — 1,633 civilians, 238 soldiers and 153 policemen. Meanwhile, security forces killed 189 militants and arrested 458.

The numbers were higher than those compiled by AFP, which tracked 992 deaths, according to reports from security and medical officials.

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