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March deaths Iraq's lowest since 2003


BAGHDAD (WKOW) -- Official figures show that March saw the lowest monthly death toll in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

The report compiled by the defense, interior and health ministries was released late Sunday, showing 112 dead and 357 wounded last month. Those who made up the death toll were 78 civilians, 22 policemen and 12 soldiers. The previous monthly low was in November 2009 when 122 died.

Officials say the bloodiest incidents were a series of coordinated attacks in eight Iraqi cities on March 20 as insurgents sought to derail an Arab League meeting in Baghdad. In one day, 46 people were killed and more than 200 wounded.

Violence has dropped significantly in Iraq over the past three years, but insurgents often carry out attacks in order to shake people's confidence.

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