964 Die in October in Iraq

Baghdad, Nov 1 (EFE).- The vast majority of the 964 people who died in political or sectarian violence in Iraq last month were civilians, the Iraqi government said Friday.

Among the fatalities were 855 civilians, 65 police and 44 soldiers, according to figures of the Health, Interior and Defense Ministries.

Also in the attacks and clashes at lease 33 militants died, while security operations captured 167 more.

In October there were also some 1,445 civilians wounded along with 88 police and 67 members of the military.

The total does not include the number of victims recorded in the three provinces of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Last July, 989 people, mostly civilians, died in acts of violence in Iraq, making it the deadliest period since 2008, when 1,073 people were killed.

The United Nations has repeatedly expressed its concern about the increase in terrorism and sectarian violence in Iraq, and has urged political leaders to put an end to their differences in order to restore security and end the bloodshed.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was to meet Friday with President Barack Obama on a visit during which he plans to ask the U.S. administration to supply Iraq with aircraft and sophisticated weapons to combat the al-Qaeda terrorist network.