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Iraq Security Developments - Thursday
Twenty Four Bodies Found in Baghdad; Clashes with Mahdi Army Erupt in Samawa
By ZEYAD KASIM 07/05/2007 9:37 PM ET
Kirkuk, IRAQ: Iraqi medics look at the body of a wounded man who died during treatment at a hospital in the oil rich city of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, 05 July 2007.
MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
Kirkuk, IRAQ: Iraqi medics look at the body of a wounded man who died during treatment at a hospital in the oil rich city of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, 05 July 2007.

Security developments in Iraq on Thursday, July 5, 2007:

Iraqis reported killed: 94. Iraqis reported wounded: 96.

U.S. troops reported killed: 3. U.S. troops reported wounded: 2.

Map by Zeyad Kasim
BAGHDAD - Police found the bodies of 24 people shot execution style in different parts of the capital over the last 24 hours, an unnamed Interior Ministry source said. Most of the bodies, thought to be victims of sectarian violence, were found in the Karkh sector of western Baghdad (seven in Amil, three in Dora, two in Ghazaliya, one in Jihad, one in Khadhraa’, one in Amiriya, and one in Mahmoudiya), and the rest were found in the Rusafa sector of eastern Baghdad (six in Sadr City, one in Sulaikh, and one in Husseiniya), according to the Voices of Iraq News Agency and the National Iraqi News Agency. A Washington Post front-page report today revealed that the number of unidentified bodies found in Baghdad have increased by 41 percent in June, despite Iraqi and U.S. official reports suggesting that the number of civilian casualties were down.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb explosion killed 17 people and wounded 25 others, including many women and children, in the predominately Shi’ite district of Abu Dshir in south Baghdad on Thursday, a medical source said. The car bomb was parked near a restaurant and a photography studio where people were celebrating a wedding, a police source said. Police initially reported that five people were killed and 15 wounded in the blast, according to VOI and WNA.

BAGHDAD – Four people were wounded in mortar attacks on residential districts in south and west Baghdad on Thursday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. Two were wounded when a mortar shell hit the Mansour district in west Baghdad, and two others were wounded in a mortar attack on southern Baghdad’s Dora district. Two other shells hit the Green Zone and the Dora intersection without casualties, the source said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen in three vehicles killed two shop owners and abducted five others in Baghdad's eastern district of Mashtal on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry source said, according to Reuters and VOI.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed two guards and kidnapped two others in an attack against a bank in the Hayy Saddam neighborhood of Bayya’ in southern Baghdad, police said, according to Reuters and McClatchy newspapers.

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi soldier was killed and three wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Jami’a district of west Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

BAGHDAD – A civilian was killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the Dora district of southern Baghdad on Thursday evening, police said.

BAGHDAD – Three policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Za’faraniya district of eastern Baghdad on Thursday, police said.

BAGHDAD – A civilian was wounded in a roadside bomb explosion targeting a U.S. military patrol in the Zayouna district of eastern Baghdad on Thursday evening, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Baghdad on Thursday, a U.S. military statement said today. The statement identified the bomb as an explosive formed projectile, which detonated near a military patrol

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military said it killed one suspected militant and detained six others before dawn Thursday during operations in and around Sadr City. The military statement said the suspects were thought to be affiliated with “secret cell terrorist leaders and are suspected to have ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Forces.” Eyewitnesses in Sadr City said U.S. troops backed by helicopters raided houses at two neighborhoods in the Gayyara area of Sadr City on Thursday dawn and detained an unspecified number of “civilians.” It was unclear whether the two incidents were related.

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military said it killed one suspected militant and detained nine others, including “Al-Qaeda in Iraq senior operatives,” during raids in and around Baghdad Wednesday and Thursday.

BAGHDAD – The Baghdad Operations Command said it killed “one terrorist and captured 14 others,” in addition to detaining seven suspected militants and defusing six roadside bombs, in different parts of the capital over the last 24 hours as part of the Imposing Law security operation. The press release said the suspected terrorist was killed in the Mansour district and that other suspects were captured in Adhamiya, Rashid, Abu Ghraib and Mahmoudiya. Four Iraqi soldiers were killed and 11 wounded during the operations, the statement said.

BAGHDAD – The head of the Dora municipality council, Hamid Khalaf, escaped an assassination attempt with minor wounds when gunmen opened fire against him near the Baghdad municipality building in central Baghdad on Thursday, WNA reported.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen robbed 16 million Dinars when they intercepted a vehicle belonging to the Electricity Directorate in central Baghdad’s Karrada district, McClatchy newspapers reported.

MADAIN – Gunmen assassinated Colonel Hussein Kadhim, the facilities protection service commander of the Wahda electric power substation, in the Wahda district of Mada’in south east of Baghdad, a police source told WNA and VOI.

MADAIN – Interior Ministry commandos arrested local Mada’in Councilman Amer Aboud Ali Al-Dulaimi while he was shopping at a market, according to a statement today by the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq. Eyewitnesses said the commandos physically assaulted the council member during his arrest.

HAFRIYA - Unknown gunmen killed an interpreter – Qasim Hassan – working with U.S. forces in the town of Hafriya (50 km south east of Baghdad) in a drive-by-shooting near his home in the Mazra’a area on Thursday afternoon, a Wasit governorate police source said.

AZIZIYA – Police detained two people attempting to smuggle a fuel tanker at a checkpoint near Aziziya (90 km south east of Baghdad) on Thursday, police said.

YUSUFIYA - Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and four wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Yusufiya (15 km south of Baghdad), police said.

ISKANDARIYA - Two people were wounded when a mortar shell hit their home in the town of Iskandariya (40 km south of Baghdad) late Wednesday, police said.

ISKANDARIYA - Police found the body of a former Iraqi Army officer in Iskandariya on Wednesday, police said.

BAQUBA – The Iraqi army killed 14 suspected Al-Qaeda in Iraq militants and detained one suspect during military operations in Ba’quba (57 km north east of Baghdad), Brigadier General Abdul Karim Al-Rubai’i, the Diyala operations commander, told the press during a meeting with tribal leaders in Ba’quba on Thursday.

BAQUBA – An Iraqi policeman was killed by sniper fire in central Ba’quba on Thursday afternoon, police said.

BAQUBA – A decapitated head was found near a bridge in the Jadida district of Ba’quba on Thursday, a medical source said.

BAQUBA – Three Iraqi soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion at the Imam Mansour area east of Ba’quba on Thursday, an Iraqi army source said.

MUQDADIYA – Two people were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near a house in the Mu’alimeen district of Muqdadiya on Thursday, WNA reported. Gunmen shot and killed another civilian near his home in the Ballour district of Muqdadiya.

MUQDADIYA – Gunmen attacked the home of the mayor of Muqdadiya and wounded five of his bodyguards on Thursday morning, according to WNA.

KHANAQIN – Five Iraqi soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb detonated against their patrol on the Wais-Khanaqin road near the Iranian border on Thursday, an official Iraqi army source in Ba’quba told NINA and WNA.

BALADRUZ – Security forces imposed a curfew in Baladruz east of Baghdad following clashes between gunmen and police, WNA reported. Four Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the clashes with suspected Al-Qaeda in Iraq militants in the Dainiya village south of Baladruz, an Iraqi army source said.

ISHAQI - Six people were killed, including three Interior Ministry commandos, when gunmen ambushed a police patrol near the Jisr Harba area of Ishaqi (100 km north of Baghdad), local police and eyewitnesses said, according to Reuters, NINA and VOI. The gunmen burned two police vehicles during the clashes, which lasted half an hour, locals said.

BAIJI – Eyewitnesses said parts of the Salam mosque in the Jarish village north of Baiji were destroyed in a U.S. air strike early Thursday, an Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq statement said today.

KIRKUK – A civilian was killed and three others, including two policemen, were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near a police station in the Hajjaj area of southern Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) on Thursday morning, a police source told VOI.

KIRKUK - A civilian was killed and five other people, including two policemen, were wounded in an explosion when police were trying to defuse a roadside bomb planted in the Urouba district of Kirkuk on Thursday, an official Kirkuk police source said.

KIRKUK – Kirkuk emergency police raided the Qadisiya district of Kirkuk on dawn Thursday and detained one suspected militant and confiscated 30 different weapons, WNA reported.

MOSUL – A Task Force Lightning soldier was killed and another wounded when a helicopter went down in near Mosul in the Ninewa governorate on Wednesday, a U.S. military statement said today. Preliminary reports and eyewitness accounts indicated the helicopter accidentally hit high-tension electricity wires, the statement said.

FALLUJAH - Iraqi police found the bodies of five people in a rural area north of Fallujah (45 km west of Baghdad), police said.

FALLUJAH – Two mortar shells hit the U.S. military base in central Fallujah on Thursday afternoon, a local police source told VOI. Explosions were heard and smoke billows were seen rising from inside the base, the source said, but there were no news of casualties. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident. A third mortar shell hit the roof of a house in the nearby Mu’alimeen district without casualties.

ANA - Eyewitnesses said several mortar shells hit a U.S. military base in Ana in the western Anbar governorate with no news of casualties. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.

HILLA - The U.S. consulate based at the Babel Hotel in central Hilla was hit by several mortar rounds on Thursday with no news of casualties, a Babel police source told the Nahrain website. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.

KARBALA – Police detained an Egyptian national at a checkpoint as he was trying to enter Karbala (108 km south west of Baghdad), Karbala Governor Aqeel Al-Khaz’ali said today. The man is suspected to have entered the holy city to carry out terrorist attacks and was detained for investigation, the governor said.

SAMAWA - At least three people, including a policeman, were killed and nine others wounded during clashes between Iraqi police and Madhi Army militiamen in several districts of the southern city of Samawa (280 km south of Baghdad) on Thursday, police said, according to Reuters, WNA and VOI. Local sources said the clashes began after police attempted to arrest the members of a Sadrist delegation visiting the nearby town of Rumaitha for a religious ceremony. Armed Mahdi Army militiamen deployed to the southern districts of Samawa following the incident on Wednesdy night, and clashes with SIIC-dominated security forces broke out Thursday morning. Mahdi Army militiamen also fired mortar shells at the Muthanna governorate building, the police directorate and the SIIC headquarters, police said.

BASRAH – A civilian was wounded when British troops opened fire at his vehicle near the gate of the British consulate compound in Basrah (590 km south of Baghdad) on Thursday morning, Basrah police spokesman Colonel Karim Al-Zaidi said.

BASRAH – The Basrah police command headquarters in the Hakimiya district of Basrah was hit with four mortar shells on Thursday afternoon without casualties, a police source told VOI and WNA.

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