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12,000 Iraqi Police Killed Since Invasion (New Zealand)
December 25, 2006

The Iraqi government says 12,000 police officers have died in the line of duty since the United States-led invasion in 2003.

The Interior Minister, Jawad Bolani, says the figure is from a total force of about 190,000 officers.

He says that means there has been one death for every 16 officers.

The announcement follows a suicide bomb attack that killed seven policemen and wounded 20 others during a morning parade at a base north of Baghdad.

Iraq's police are a frequent target for attacks, and are widely thought to have been infiltrated by insurgents.

But observers say despite the risks, young Iraqi men see the security forces as one of the few sources of work.

© NewsRoom 2006

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