Iraq's monthly death toll in March lowest since 2003
The monthly death toll among Iraqis from violence in March was the lowest since 2003 U.S. led invasion, Iraqi authorities said on Monday.
A total of 112 people have been killed by attacks during March across the country, including 78 civilians and 34 security members, according to figures compiled by Iraqi ministries of interior, defense and health.
March's death toll is noticeably lower than that of February when the authorities announced the death of a total of 150 Iraqis.
The latest data showed the lowest figures of casualty among Iraqis since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The U.S. troops, which ousted former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, withdrew completely from Iraq at the end of last year.
Last month's figures also showed that a total of 357 people were wounded during the month, including 137 security members.
However, the deadliest attacks that occurred during last month were on March 20, when a spate of bomb attacks and gunfire swept the Iraqi cities, killing at least 45 people and wounding over 200 others.
The attacks came just days before the Arab League summit in Baghdad, as the capital was preparing to host the Arab leaders on March 29, the first of such landmark event in more than two decades.
Iraq sees the summit as a significant milestone in its history that would lead the country to play a powerful and positive role in the Arab world.