BAGHDAD - More than 2,400 Iraqis, most of them civilians, were killed in June as Sunni militants swept through the north triggering the country's worst violence in years, the United Nations said Tuesday. Insurgents led by the al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which now calls itself the Islamic State, have seized swaths of territory over the last three weeks, including the city of Mosul.
The United Nations said "acts of violence and terrorism" killed at least 2,417 Iraqis and wounded 2,287 more in June. Of those killed, 1,531 were civilians, it added. "The staggering number of civilian casualties in one month points to the urgent need for all to ensure that civilians are protected," the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement.
First published July 1 2014, 2:41 AM