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Iraq Security Developments -- Tuesday
Karbala Curfew Lifted; 25 Dead in Kut Fighting; Kirkuk Blast
04/17/2007 9:53 PM ET
Iraqi soldiers arrest a suspect as they patrol an area at Baghdad's al-Mansur district Tuesday.
Photo by Wisam Sami/AFP.
Iraqi soldiers arrest a suspect as they patrol an area at Baghdad's al-Mansur district Tuesday.

Baghdad, Apr 17, (VOI) – Main security developments in Iraq on Tuesday:

Kirkuk- Two policemen were wounded on Tuesday when an explosive charge went off near their patrol vehicle in central Kirkuk, 250 km northeast of Baghdad, a police source said.

Basra, Apr 17, (VOI) - Director of Basra International Airport said that the airport stopped flights on Tuesday for security reasons, while eyewitnesses said that the British base in the airport was rocketed.

Mosul- An Iraqi army soldier was killed and three others were wounded on Tuesday when an explosive charge went off in southwestern Mosul, 402 km north of Baghdad, a police source said.

Anbar- A total of seventeen decayed bodies were found on Tuesday inside a school in the city of Ramadi in Anbar province, 45 km west of Baghdad, a security source said.

Falluja- Two U.S. bases in Falluja, 57 km west of Baghdad, were simultaneously attacked by mortar shells, a police source in the city said, while locals in Haditha said that two policemen and a civilian were killed when an explosive charge went off.

Diwaniya - The Multi-National Forces' Echo base in southern Diwaniya came under mortar attacks on Tuesday, while Iraqi and U.S. forces continued search campaigns in the Shiite city, a security source said.

Mosul- One person was killed and four others were wounded when a suicide bomber blew up an oil tanker near an Iraqi army base in the city of Mosul, police sources said on Tuesday.

Karbala – The local administration in Karbala lifted a curfew that had been imposed on traffic in the Old City after Saturday's deadly bombing that killed dozens and wounded hundreds of others.

Kirkuk – Three civilians were killed and four others, including an Iraqi policeman, were wounded when a car bomb went off in central Huweija district, 70 km southwest of Kirkuk, an Iraqi police source said.

Mosul – Clashes erupted between gunmen and soldiers of a U.S. patrol in al-Wihda neighborhood in southeastern Mosul, an Iraqi police source said, not giving details about casualties.

Baghdad – A roadside bomb in southeastern Baghdad went off near a U.S. army patrol causing damage to a tank, an eyewitness said.

Falluja – The military barracks of the Iraqi army came under an armed attack by unidentified gunmen but no information on casualties could be obtained, local residents in al-Halabsa village in Falluja said.

Muthanna – A group of people suspected of having committed killings in the province were arrested, while police forces managed to liberate two hostages and arrest their kidnappers, the Muthanna police said.

Mosul – Brig. Abdul-Kareem al-Bijari, the assistant director of Mosul police, and two escorts were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire at his vehicle, an official security source said.

Kirkuk – A hairstylist in Kirkuk was killed and a customer wounded in an attack by an armed group in Kirkuk, while other barbers received death threats to close down their shops, a police source said.

Baaquba – Two people were killed and five others wounded when unidentified gunmen attacked villages in Abu Saida town, northeastern Baaquba, on Tuesday, local residents said.

Baghdad – Iraqi U.S. forces killed five gunmen and arrested 83 more, as well as 32 suspected gunmen during the past 48 hours in different areas of the capital Baghdad under the Fardh al-Qanoon security plan launched in mid-February 2007 by the Iraqi government, the Baghdad security operations command said.

Salah al-Din – A man was killed while planting an explosive charge in an area of al-Shurqat town in Salah al-Din province, a security source in Tikrit said.

Kut – Twenty-five gunmen were killed in a wide-scale offensive by joint troops from the Iraqi army and the Multi-National Force in northern al-Sawira town, a security source in Wassit province said.

Kirkuk – Three people, including a policeman, were wounded when an explosive charge ripped through the Sahat al-Ihtifalat neighborhood in southern Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad, a security source said.

Basra – A British soldier was wounded when a base came under attack in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, the spokeswoman for the Multi-National Forces in southern Iraq said.


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