UN: 49 Children Killed in Iraq in 2012

The United Nations released its figures on the number of children killed this year in Iraq. So far, 49 children have died in violent attacks. They noted that 84 children were killed last year, so it is easy to surpass that figure by year’s end. Another 169 were wounded. Compared to last year’s 130 wounded, there already is a marked increase in the number of injured.  The announcement comes just days after UNICEF marked the Day of the Iraqi Child with a re-affirmation of their role in protecting the children of Iraq.

Meanwhile, at least six Iraqis were killed and six more were wounded in new violence.

Two soldiers were killed in Ninewa province when they came across a roadside bomb as they drove home.

In Tuz Khormato, gunmen killed a woman and kidnapped her police officer husband.

A homemade bomb killed a man in Baaj when it detonated prematurely.

An al-Qaeda suspect killed himself as police raided in Saqlawiya home.

Gunmen in Baquba killed a policeman.

A parked car bomb near a restaurant wounded six civilians in Balad.

In Baghdad, a deputy mayor survived an assassination attempt without injuries.

Two government employees, a married couple, were kidnapped in Kirkuk.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.