Baghdad. Violence in Iraq rose sharply in April with 460 people killed, according to an AFP tally, raising fears of a return to the all-out sectarian conflict that plagued the country in past years.
Unrest in April also wounded 1,219 people, according to the figures, which are based on reports from security and medical sources.
Among the dead were 54 police, 53 soldiers, 14 Sahwa anti-Al Qaeda militiamen, and two members of the Kurdish security forces.
The wounded included 171 police, 76 soldiers, eight Sahwa fighters and five Kurdish security forces members.