At least 119 Iraqi policemen were killed in shootings, abductions and bomb attacks last month, the Interior Ministry said Thursday, underscoring the toll Iraq's relentless violence is inflicting on the poorly trained and under equipped force.
The official also said 185 police were reported injured, pointing to an extremely low survival rate among members of the force, who lack the armored vehicles, body armor, and fortified bases of the US troops in the country. In contrast, a much higher percentage of US soldiers have survived their injuries, with the number of wounded listed at 33,838 against 2,817 killed.
Altogether, more than 1,000 Iraqis died from violence in October, the highest level since The Associated Press began tracking civilian deaths in April 2005. That count most likely underestimates the true figure because many deaths go unreported. The United Nations puts the monthly death toll at more than 3,000.