UN: Violence in April kills at least 741 Iraqis

Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr storm parliament in Baghdad's Green Zone, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Dozens of protesters climbed over the blast walls and could be seen storming the Parliament building, carrying Iraqi flags and chanting against the government. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations says at least 741 Iraqis have been killed in April due to ongoing violence, a sharp decline from the previous month.

In its monthly report issued on Sunday, the U.N. mission to Iraq, known as UNAMI, put the number of civilians killed at 410, while the rest were members of the security forces. A total of 1,374 Iraqis were wounded that month, it added.

In March, at least 1,119 people were killed and 1,561 wounded.

The worst-hit area was the capital, Baghdad, with 232 civilians killed and 642 wounded, followed by the northern province of Ninevah, which is almost entirely controlled by the Islamic State group, with 72 killed and 30 wounded.

The report came after Sunday’s dual bomb attacks in southern Iraq, which killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens.

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