Security developments in Iraq on Tuesday, July 3, 2007:
Iraqis reported killed: 101. Iraqis reported wounded: 113.
BAGHDAD - A car bomb explosion killed 18 people and wounded 40 others near the busy Shallal market in the predominately Shi'ite district of Sha’ab in northern Baghdad on Tuesday evening, police said. About 13 stores and several vehicles were damaged in the blast. Car bombings usually take place before noon, but this was the second attack following yesterday’s bombing targeting a market in the nearby Binouk district that occurred late in the day, reflecting a possible change in tactics by armed groups, according to security sources.
BAGHDAD – Four people were killed and four were wounded in a mortar attack against an apartment compound in the Amil district of southern Baghdad on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry source said.
BAGHDAD – Two people were killed and three wounded in random gunfire in the Amil district on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry source said.
BAGHDAD – Gunmen killed three municipality workers and wounded an engineer while they were maintaining the sewers network in Adhamiya, the Baghdad municipality said. The source said over 1,000 Baghdad municipality workers had been killed and many wounded over the last six months.
BAGHDAD – Gunmen killed two gardeners at a park in the Dora district of southern Baghdad on Tuesday, the Baghdad municipality said.
BAGHDAD – Three civilians were wounded when mortar shells hit the Bayya’ district of southern Baghdad on Tuesday, police said. The Sulaikh district of northern Baghdad was also hit with several mortar shells without casualties.
BAGHDAD - Gunmen assassinated an Interior Ministry intelligence officer in central Baghdad’s Nahdha district on Tuesday, police said.
BAGHDAD – A civilian was wounded in a roadside bomb attack targeting a U.S. military patrol in the Jami’a district of western Baghdad on Tuesday, a security source said.
BAGHDAD – Eyewitnesses said a roadside bomb explosion targeting a U.S. military patrol destroyed a tank and wounded several soldiers on a street between the 7 Nissan and Baghdad Al-Jedida districts of Baghdad on Tuesday.
BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb explosion targeting a U.S. military patrol destroyed a Humvee vehicle in the Saidiya district of southern Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.
BAGHDAD – Insurgents shot down a U.S. Apache helicopter near Baghdad on Monday, the U.S. military said. Two pilots escaped with only minor injuries, the statement said.
BAGHDAD - Coalition forces killed three suspected militants and detained 29 others during raids in western and central Iraq on Tuesday, the U.S. military said.
MADAIN - Two people were killed and four wounded when gunmen opened random fire in Mada’in (40 km south of Baghdad), police said.
MAHMOUDIYA – Two civilians were wounded in a mortar attack in Mahmoudiya south of Baghdad, police said.
LATIFIYA - Gunmen hijacked four fuel tankers carrying diesel fuel on the highway near Latifiya south of Baghdad, police said. The tankers were taken in the direction of the rural area of Sayyafiya east of Latifiya, police said.
HASWA – An Iraqi parliament member escaped an assassination attempt when gunmen opened fire against his motorcade wounding one of his bodyguards in Haswa south of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said. MP Radhwan Al-Kelidar is a member of the United Iraqi Alliance, the majority Shi’ite bloc in parliament.
MAHAWIL - Iraqi security forces detained a suspected commander of the Mahdi Army militia and three other suspects in Mahawil (75 km south of Baghdad), the U.S. military said.
RAMADI – The U.S. military said it killed 23 suspected insurgents during clashes on Saturday and Sunday near Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad).
JALAWLA – Gunmen assassinated a former Iraqi army colonel and a border police colonel in front of their homes in the Dhubat district of Jalawla northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.
JALAWLA – Police detained 12 suspected insurgents and confiscated weapons and explosives during raids in different parts of Jalalwa on Tuesday, police said.
MUQDADIYA – Three suspected militants were killed during clashes with Iraqi security forces in the Zur area of Muqdadiya north east of Baghdad, police said.
BALADRUZ – Gunmen killed a whole family in Baladruz east of Baghdad, police said. No further details were given. Police also detained a suspect following a roadside bomb explosion at a market in Baladruz.
BALADRUZ – Four people were killed and five wounded when gunmen in military uniform attacked a residential area in northern Baladruz on Tuesday morning, a local source said.
KANAAN – An Iraqi soldier was killed and four wounded when gunmen attacked a residential area housing displaced families from Mandali in the town of Kan’aan east of Baghdad, police said.
BAQUBA – The Iraqi army detained a suspected militant during clashes with gunmen near the Sa’ad military camp in Ba’quba, the Iraqi military said.
KHALIS – Gunmen manning a fake checkpoint kidnapped 10 students in two vehicles near the Salam village south of Khalis on Tuesday afternoon, security sources said. An injured student managed to escape the kidnapping.
KIRKUK - A car bomb explosion targeting the motorcade of a police colonel near the Wasiti fuel station killed two civilians and wounded 19 others, including seven policemen, in central Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) on Tuesday morning, police said.
KIRKUK - A woman was wounded when Iraqi soldiers opened fire in central Kirkuk, police said.
HAWIJA - Three policemen were wounded when a gunman threw a hand grenade at their patrol in Hawija (70 km southwest of Kirkuk), police said.
MOSUL – A policeman was killed and two others wounded in a car bomb explosion when they were retrieving a body from it in the Wahda district of eastern Mosul on Tuesday, police said.
MOSUL – A policeman was killed and two were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion targeting their patrol in the Shifaa’ district of Mosul on Tuesday, police said.
MOSUL – Six children with ages ranging from three to nine years old where wounded when a mortar shell hit their home in the Qahira district of Mosul on Tuesday, police said.
MOSUL – Three civilians were wounded in a mortar attack against a Kurdistan Democratic Party office in the Bakr district of northeastern Mosul on Tuesday, police said.
MOSUL – Gunmen opened fire and killed one person near his home in the Hadbaa’ district of Mosul on Tuesday, police said. Another civilian was killed in the Jaza’er district.
MOSUL - Police killed a gunman and arrested 19 other suspects in Mosul, police said.
MOSUL – Gunmen kidnapped two Yezidi food ration dealers from Ba’shiqa in Mosul while they were receiving flour supplies, a Kurdish security source said. The gunmen also set the flour cargo on fire.
TALKAIF – A roadside bomb exploded near the house of a Kurdistan Democratic Party official in Talkaif east of Mosul without casualties, police said.
TALAFAR – Police uncovered a weapons cache in the Alaw village south east of Tala’far and intercepted a truck with a Katyusha rocket launcher hidden beneath its cargo attempting to enter Tala’far on Tuesday, police said. The driver was detained.
ZAKHO – Border police detained 13 people from the Yazidi sect who were attempting to cross illegally into neighboring Turkey near the Bajika village west of Zakho on Tuesday, a Kurdish security official said. Kurdish border police had detained over 400 people trying to cross illegally into Turkey over the last six months.
SAMARRA - At least two civilians were killed during clashes between Interior Ministry commandos and gunmen in Samarra north of Baghdad on Monday, police said.
TIKRIT - A U.S. soldier was killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb explosion during combat operations in the Salah Al-Din governorate of north central Iraq on Monday, the U.S. military said.
ANBAR - Two Marines died in an accident in Iraq's western Anbar governorate on Sunday, the U.S. military said.
AMIRIYAT AL-FALLUJAH – Four people were killed and 10 wounded in a suicide car bomb explosion targeting Sheik Kamil Mohammed Al-Dahal Al-Issawi, a tribal leader and head of the Anbar Salvation Council in Amiriyat Al-Fallujah (20 km south of Fallujah), police said. The tribal chief escaped the attack uninjured.
SAQLAWIYA – Locals said at least four mortar shells hit the U.S. military base in Saqlawiya (15 km north west of Fallujah) on Tuesday afternoon with no news of casualties or damages.
KUT – Eyewitnesses said the U.S. military base south west of Kut (180 km south of Baghdad) was hit by five mortar shells on Tuesday morning with no news of casualties or damages. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack. A curfew was imposed on the southern city until Wednesday morning, a security source said.
BASRAH – Gunmen attacked the joint coordination center in the Hakimiya district in Basrah (590 km south of Baghdad) with small arms fire on Tuesday morning without casualties, a British military spokesman said. The spokesman said all three British military bases in Basrah were targeted by indirect fire over the last 24 hours.
ZUBAIR – Gunmen in police uniform shot and killed a civilian near his shop in Zubair (35 km south west of Basrah) on Monday night, eyewitnesses said.
ZUBAIR – Gunmen in police uniform kidnapped Sabah Abu Al-Khair, a local folk singer, from his shop in Zubair on Monday morning, eyewitnesses said.
UMM QASR – The U.S. military said an Iraqi detainee died from natural causes at Camp Bucca near Umm Qasr (60 km south of Basrah) on Sunday. The Camp Bucca detention center, where about 10 thousand Iraqi detainees – mostly from Baghdad and western Iraq – are held, is under direct U.S. military control, and the Iraqi government has no jurisdiction over the detainees.