Security developments in Iraq for Friday, June 29, 2007:
Iraqis reported killed: 64. Iraqis reported wounded: 31.
BAGHDAD - Four people were killed in an overnight mortar attack on the Fadhl district of central Baghdad and 10 others were wounded in four other mortar strikes in different parts of the city, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.
BAGHDAD – Seven mortar rounds hit the fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad on Friday afternoon, police said. Eyewitnesses said they heard several powerful blasts and warning sirens and they saw smoke billows rising from different parts of the area, which houses Iraqi government buildings, as well as U.S. and British embassies and the residences of Iraqi politicians.
BAGHDAD – Gunmen killed a man and three women in the Saidiya district of southern Baghdad on Friday, residents said.
BAGHDAD – U.S. troops killed one person in the Rashad district of eastern Baghdad on Friday, police said. No details were given on the incident.
BAGHDAD - Five U.S. soldiers were killed and seven wounded on Thursday night in a roadside bomb attack on their patrol followed by clashes with insurgents in southern Baghdad, the U.S. military said.
BAQUBA – Iraqi security forces detained 22 suspected insurgents and discovered 20 buildings rigged with explosives during security operations in Ba’quba (57 km north east of Baghdad) on Friday, a security source said. The source said several mistakes were made during the operation when U.S. helicopters mistakenly bombed several houses in the city.
KHALIS – The mayor of Khalis said dozens of suspected Al-Qaeda militants have been deployed in areas north of Khalis in preparation to attack the town after they fled Ba’quba because of an ongoing security operation, adding that residents were told to protect themselves because there was no Iraqi security presence in the area.
KHALIS – Gunmen roaming the streets of Khalis killed a man and wounded his wife on Friday. Gunmen also killed two ice cube vendors in the nearby village of Khuwaylis, police said.
MUQDADIYA – Militants in several vehicles planted explosives inside the Rahman mosque and detonated it following Friday prayers in Muqdadiya north east of Baghdad, residents said.
HASWA – Militants blew up a pipeline supplying fuel to a power station in Baghdad on Friday near Hawsa (50 km south of Baghdad), police said.
MISHAHDA – A suicide truck bomber blew up a train station near a police checkpoint in the town of Mishahda north of Baghdad on Friday, killing eight people, including six soldiers, and wounding five others, police said.
BALAD – The Iraqi army found three bodies shot execution style on the main road between Balad and Dujail (80 km north of Baghdad) on Friday, police said.
TIKRIT - Three people were seriously wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Tikrit (175 km north of Baghdad) on Friday, police said.
MOSUL – Gunmen killed three women in two separate incidents in Mosul on Friday, police said.
MOSUL - One insurgent was killed and two were detained in Mosul following a clash with police, the police said.
TALAFAR – Gunmen killed two policemen and two soldiers and wounded nine others in an attack with roadside bombs and small arms fire in Tala’far west of Mosul on Thursday evening, police said.
KIRKUK - One policeman was killed and two others wounded when gunmen opened fire on them in three separate attacks in Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) on Friday, police said.
TAZA – Police killed a suspected militant and detained six others during a raid in Taza south of Kirkuk on Thursday night, police said. A policeman was also killed in the raid.
TUZ KHURMATU – Gunmen killed a truck driver and kidnapped two others who were delivering construction material for a bridge in the Sarha village south of Tuz Khurmatu that was destroyed earlier.
FALLUJAH - U.S. forces said they killed three suspected insurgents and detained 26 others during raids to the west and south of Baghdad and in Mosul (390 km north of Baghdad), the U.S. military said.
HAQLANIYA – A roadside bomb explosion targeting a U.S. military patrol damaged a Humvee vehicle in Haqlaniya near Haditha (170 km west of Ramadi) on Friday, eyewitnesses said.
KUT - The body of a university professor shot several times in the head and the neck was found beside the river in the Azza district of Kut (170 km southeast of Baghdad), police said. The professor worked at the Baghdad University and was on a visit to his relatives in Kut on Thursday when he was abducted by gunmen in three vehicles.
KUT – Ten unidentified bodies were buried in Kut on Friday after they were discovered in the Tigris River near Suwaira, police said. The bodies were all found headless and some were in military uniform, the source said.
KUT - One woman was wounded after a roadside bomb attack on a U.S. patrol in Kut, police said.
BASRAH – Gunmen attacked the British embassy compound in Basrah (590 km south of Baghdad) on Friday morning with small arms fire, a British military spokesman said. The source added that all three British bases in Basrah were hit with indirect fire over the last 24 hours without casualties.