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30 May 2009
BAGHDAD, May 31, 2009 (AFP) - The month of May witnessed 155 deaths from violence in Iraq, the fewest of any month since the US-led invasion in 2003, official figures showed on Sunday.
Statistics compiled by the defence, interior and health ministries showed that 124 civilians, six soldiers and 25 policemen were killed by attacks in May.
People wounded included 285 civilians, four soldiers and 55 police.
Some 40 presumed insurgents were killed and 904 arrested, according to the statistics.
Deaths from violence fell by more than half from the 355 registered in April, which was the deadliest month since September last year.
However, 24 US soldiers died in Iraq in May, up from 19 in April and the heaviest toll since September.
According to an AFP count based on the independent website icasualties.org, 4,306 American troops have been killed in Iraq since the 2003 invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein but sparked a deadly insurgency.
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