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Iraq Security Developments - Tuesday
Hundreds Fall in Shi'ite Mosque Attack; Mortars Hit Green Zone; IED Attacks
By ZEYAD KASIM 06/19/2007 6:09 PM ET
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - JUNE 19: Iraqis gather outside the Shiite mosque of al-Khilani, damaged in a truck bomb explosion on June 19, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. A truck bomb exploded outside Shiite mosque of al-Khilani killing 78 people and injuring many more according to Iraqi police.
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BAGHDAD, IRAQ - JUNE 19: Iraqis gather outside the Shiite mosque of al-Khilani, damaged in a truck bomb explosion on June 19, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. A truck bomb exploded outside Shiite mosque of al-Khilani killing 78 people and injuring many more according to Iraqi police.

Security developments in Iraq on Tuesday, June 19, 2007:

BAGHDAD – At least 78 people were killed and 224 wounded, including a correspondent for the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, in a car bomb explosion targeting the Shi’ite Khillani mosque in a crowded area of central Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Eyewitnesses said the explosion was a result of a suicide truck bomber. The outer wall of the mosque and several adjacent buildings were badly damaged in the blast, in addition to 20 cars and 5 minibuses completely burned.

BAGHDAD - The bodies of 21 people with gunshot wounds and signs of torture were found in different areas of Baghdad on Monday, police said. Twelve bodies were found in the Karkh sector in western Baghdad (2 in Dora, 2 in Amil, 2 in Bayya’, 2 in Amiriya, 2 in Kadhimiya, 2 in Shu’la), and the rest in the Rusafa sector in eastern Baghdad (3 in Adhamiya, 2 in Baghdad Al-Jedida, 2 in Sadr City).

BAGHDAD – Several mortar shells hit the fortified Green Zone area, which hosts Iraqi government offices, U.S. and British embassies, and residences of Iraqi politicians, in central Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon. A security official in PM Nuri Al-Maliki’s office said five shells landed near the office of PM Maliki and another near the American post exchange store. Residents living nearby reported massive explosions and smoke billows rising from the area, but no casualties were reported.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi army killed 15 suspected insurgents and arrested 65 others during the past 24 hours in different districts of Baghdad, the Defence Ministry said.

BAGHDAD – Eyewitnesses said a roadside bomb explosion and a rocket-propelled grenade badly damaged two U.S. Humvee vehicles and wounded several soldiers near the Adala school in the predominately-Shi’ite Hurriya district. There was no comment on the incident by the U.S. military.

BAGHDAD – Militants attacked a bus carrying Iraqi employees who work at the U.S. military base in Rustumiya near the new Diyala bridge in southeastern Baghdad, killing one person and wounding two others, a security source said.

BAGHDAD – Eyewitnesses said Interior Ministry commandos arrested about 30 high school students while they were taking their final exams at the Uqbah bin Nafi’ school in the Saidiya district of southern Baghdad. Students said the commandos were randomly shooting outside the school before they stormed in swearing and shooting and randomly arrested 30 students from classrooms.

BAGHDAD – A joint U.S.-Iraqi force raided a mosque in the Za’faraniya district in southeastern Baghdad and detained five guards on dawn Tuesday, police said.

BAGHDAD – Two people were killed and five wounded in a roadside bomb attack targeting a police patrol in the Za’faraniya district in southeastern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb explosion against a U.S. military patrol in the Wahda suburb southeast of Baghdad killed four soldiers and wounded three civilians on Tuesday evening, a police source said.

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi soldier was killed and three others wounded in a roadside bomb attack against their patrol in the Dora district of southern Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon.

BAGHDAD – Three civilians were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the predominately Sunni district of Yarmouk in western Baghdad.

BAGHDAD – A mortar attack wounded three civilians in the Sha’ab district in northern Baghdad on Tuesday evening.

BAQUBA - The U.S. military said it had killed 22 suspected militants in the early hours of a major offensive against Al-Qaeda in Iraq around Baquba (57 km north of Baghdad) in Diyala governorate.

BAQUBA – A medical source from the Ba’quba hospital said the medico-legal institute received 13 unknown bodies on Monday night and Tuesday morning from different parts of Ba’quba (57 km northeast of Baghdad). The bodies were blindfolded and handcuffed and bore signs of torture and three were beheaded, the source said.

MUQDADIYA – Joint U.S.-Iraqi troops arrested a suspected Al-Qaeda leader in Muqdadiya (45 km northeast of Baquba), police said, adding that the detainee, Mohammed Khalid Al-Haroun, is suspected of issuing fatwas calling for attacks against residents in Muqdadiya.

HAWIJA – Unknown militants blew up the headquarters of the Reconciliation and Liberation Bloc in Hawija (70 km southwest of Kirkuk), a Kirkuk police source said. The bloc is led by Sunni MP Mish’an Al-Jubouri, who is currently residing in Syria and is wanted by the Iraqi government for corruption and embezzlement charges.

KARBALA – Police detained 10 suspected militants following clashes in a suburb 5 km south of Karbala, a police media spokesman said.

ISKANDARIYA - Two Shi’ite tribal leaders were killed and their driver wounded in a roadside bomb attack near the town of Iskandariya (40 km south of Baghdad), police said.

NASIRIYA – At least 35 people were killed and 150 wounded in the second day of fierce fighting between Mahdi Army militiamen and Iraqi police in Nasiriya (375 km south of Baghdad), despite a curfew imposed on the southern city since Monday, police and medical sources said.

BASRAH – Three civilians were killed and a policeman wounded in a mortar attack in the Hakimiya district in central Basrah late Monday, police said.

TAL AFAR - A woman and a child were killed by a mortar attack in the town of Tal Afar (420 km north of Baghdad), police said.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed a female student from the University of Mosul (390 km north of Baghdad) as she was leaving the main university gate following final exams, police said.

BA’AJ – Over 500 local policemen, including 100 border guards, submitted their resignations following threats by suspected Islamic State of Iraq militants in the desert Ba’aj province (220 km southwest of Mosul), an official source said. The source added that only 15 policemen now remain in the border province, which is completely controlled by extremist Sunni militant groups, and that the border with neighboring Syria is left unprotected.

SAMARRA – A civilian was killed and two others wounded by Iraqi Interior Ministry commandos sniper fire in Samarra (118 km north of Baghdad), a police source said. Interior Ministry commandos have occupied six schools in the predominately Sunni city to use as bases.

SAMARRA – An Interior Ministry spokesman said four suspected militants were killed and 16 others detained in Samarra.

HADITHA – Eyewitnesses said a roadside bomb explosion targeting a U.S. military patrol on the Haditha-Tiwan road on Tuesday afternoon destroyed a Humvee vehicles and wounded several soldiers. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.


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