Security developments in Iraq on Friday, July 6, 2007:
Iraqis reported killed: 64. Iraqis reported wounded: 86.
U.S. soldiers reported killed: 1. U.S. soldiers reported wounded: N/A.
BAGHDAD - A mortar killed seven members of the same family and wounded two of their neighbors in the Fadhl district of central Baghdad on Friday as they slept on their roof, an Interior Ministry source said, according to Reuters. Eyewitnesses said clashes broke out in the area following the attack.
BAGHDAD – A civilian was killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb explosion targeting a U.S. military patrol in the Za’faraniya district of eastern Baghdad on Friday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. A Humvee vehicle was destroyed in the attack, the source said.
BAGHDAD - Two civilians were wounded in a mortar attack on the Karradat Mariam district near the Green Zone on Friday, police said. Eyewitnesses said at least five mortar shells hit the fortified Green Zone on Friday and black smoke billows were seen rising from inside the area with no news of casualties, VOI reported. U.S. and Iraqi officials did not comment on the incident.
BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb exploded against a U.S. military patrol in west Baghdad’s Yarmouk district without casualties, a police source told VOI.
BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier died of wounds received during combat operations in western Baghdad on Thursday, a U.S. military statement said today.
BAGHDAD – U.S. troops detained a Mahdi Army commander in southern Baghdad’s Amil district on Friday, according to Al-Melaf. Eyewitnesses said U.S. troops warned that any hostile reactions would harm the detained commander.
MADAIN – U.S. jet fighters bombed three houses in a residential area in the suburb of Mada’in south east of Baghdad on Friday evening, a police source told VOI. There were no casualties in the attack.
MADAIN – Interior Ministry commandos detained two people attending a funeral procession of a young man who was kidnapped and found killed with signs of torture and gunshot wounds in Mada’in yesterday, an Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq statement said. The commandos also confiscated the body, the statement said.
RAMADI – Iraqi police detained a Saudi national who was attempting to carry out a suicide bomb attack in a truck carrying canisters of chloride in Ramadi on Friday, police said, according to Reuters.
HADITHA – Fierce clashes erupted between militants and Iraqi police in the Subhani district of Haditha (170 km west of Ramadi) on Friday afternoon, eyewitnesses told VOI and WNA. Two policemen and one militant were killed in the attack, the sources said. Iraqi police have not commented on the incident.
JALAWLA – Seventeen people were killed and four others wounded in a suicide car bombing near a busy market in a Kurdish village near Jalawla north east of Baghdad on Friday evening, police said, according to Radio Sawa.
KHANAQIN – Seven Iraqi soldiers, including an officer, were wounded in roadside bomb explosion against their patrol on the Wais-Karakosh road near Khanaqin (75 km north east of Ba’quba), a Ba’quba police source told VOI and WNA.
KHALIS – Gunmen dressed in Iraqi army uniforms, manning a face checkpoint on the Khalis-Udhaim main road north of Baghdad, abducted nine civilians on Friday, eyewitnesses told VOI.
MUQDADIYA – A roadside bomb exploded against a U.S. military patrol in the Hurriya district of Muqdadiya north east of Baghdad, wounding a number of soldiers, WNA reported. U.S. soldiers clashed with militants following the explosion with no news of casualties.
TUZ KHURMATU – An Iraqi police station in Tuz Khurmatu was hit with four mortar shells without casualties, police said, according to McClatchy newspapers.
SULAIMAN BEG – Gunmen abducted four Christian citizens, including a Chaldean Catholic priest – identified as Father George Atta – and his son, near Sulaiman Beg (200 km north east of Baghdad), police said, according to WNA and VOI. The four men were relatives who fled the Dora district of southern Baghdad and were heading to Dohuk in the autonomous Kurdish region, according to WNA. Father Jenan Shamil, of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Kirkuk, denied that a priest was among the kidnapped, adding that George Ishaq and his son Stewart were held and his kidnappers were demanding a large ransom for their release, Ankawa reported.
HAWIJA – Gunmen killed an Iraqi soldier in a drive-by shooting in Hawija (70 km west of Kirkuk) on Friday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
KIRKUK - Three Iraqi policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in central Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) on Friday afternoon, police said.
KIRKUK - A man and a woman were wounded when an Iraqi army patrol fired shots to clear traffic in central Kirkuk on Friday, a security source said, according to Reuters, WNA and VOI.
KIRKUK – A civilian was wounded when a rocket targeting the U.S. military base in the Kirkuk airfield hit his home in the Tis’een district of Kirkuk on Friday, a security source told VOI.
KIRKUK – Gunmen wounded an Iraqi policeman in central Kirkuk on Friday, police said.
KIRKUK – Gunmen opened fire at civilians in the Abbassiya village near Kirkuk, wounding one person, according to McClatchy newspapers.
MOSUL - An Iraqi police officer was killed and another officer wounded when militants attacked their vehicle with a hand grenade in the Sukar district of the northern city of Mosul (390 km north of Baghdad) on Friday evening, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
MOSUL – Gunmen killed a Kurdish married couple when they broke into their house in the Jaza’er district of northern Mosul on Friday, General Abdul Karim Al-Jubouri, head of the Ninewa Police Operations Command, said today.
MOSUL – A newborn child was kidnapped from the maternity department of the Jumhouri Hospital of Mosul, Lieutenant Colonel Arif San’an, of the Medical City police station, told VOI. Police detained four hospital staffers and five nurses as part of the investigation, following a complaint by the child’s father, the source said.
TALAFAR – The Iraqi army captured five wanted Al-Qaeda in Iraq militants in the Alaw area of Tala’far (70 km west of Mosul) on Friday following a tip by locals, Colonel Luqman Khorsheed, an officer in the Iraqi Army Third Division, told VOI.
ZAKHO – Turkish forces bombed several villages near Zakho 3 km inside the Iraqi border with 25 artillery rounds on Friday evening without casualties, an anonymous Kurdish security official told VOI. Turkish forces have recently stepped up a military campaign against suspected positions of Kurdish separatist PKK guerillas near the Iraqi border.
TIKRIT – Gunmen attacked relatives of Sheikh Shaloukh Al-Rufai’i, a member of the Salah Al-Din Salvation Council, in Tikrit, killing seven people and wounding nine others, according to McClatchy newspapers.
SAMARRA – Four Interior Ministry commandos were killed and three civilians wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Al-Bu Rahman area of Samarra (118 km north of Baghdad) near the Askari shrine on Friday afternoon, a local police source told VOI and WNA.
SAMARRA – Three schools used as bases by Interior Ministry commandos in Samarra were hit with mortar shells on Friday afternoon, according to McClatchy newspapers.
YUSUFIYA - An Iraqi soldier was killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Yusufiya (15 km south of Baghdad), police said, according to Reuters.
YUSUFIYA – Militants detonated explosives under an oil pipeline extending to southern Baghdad’s Dora oil refinery in the Adwaniya area of Yusufiya south of Baghdad, Asim Jihad, a spokesman for the Iraqi Oil Ministry said, according to WNA and VOI.
MAHMOUDIYA - Two bodies shot execution style were found in Mahmoudiya (30 km south of Baghdad) on Friday, police said, according to Reuters.
HILLA - Four Iraqi soldiers, including an officer, were killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the southern city of Hilla on Thursday, police said, according to Reuters and Nahrain.
KARBALA – Police said they discovered four anti-aircraft rocket launchers in a desert area 100 km west of Karbala on Friday, Colonel Ra’ed Shakir Jawdat, Karbala police commander, told VOI. Five suspects were detained for interrogation, the source said, adding that they were plotting to target aircraft passing over the area.
KARBALA – A Sadrist official in Karbala said U.S. troops detained the brother of a Mahdi Army commander and six citizens during a raid on the Hurr area west of Karbala on dawn Friday, according to VOI. The source said the detained person worked in the security service of the deputy governor of Karbala and the six other detainees were unaffiliated with the Sadrist Movement or the Mahdi Army. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.
NAJAF – Police in Najaf detained nine members of a heretic Shi’ite religious group named Al-Mawla – modeled on the Jund Al-Samaa’ apocalyptic Shi’ite group that was attacked by Iraqi and U.S. forces in Kufa near Najaf last January, a Najaf governorate spokesman said today, according to VOI. SIIC-dominated Iraqi security forces in southern Iraq have waged a campaign against unorthodox religious Shi’ite groups in several southern cities, often acting on fatwas by leaders of the clerical establishment in Najaf. Dozens of members have been detained indefinitely on charges of “terrorism.”
NAJAF – Police detained five suspected criminals in northern Najaf on Friday, a governorate spokesman said today. Two were suspected of murdering a citizen, and three others were suspected of kidnapping a citizen and sexually assaulting him after intoxicating him.
KUT – A child was killed in a roadside bomb explosion in an open field near the Umm Hilayil village north of Kut (180 km south east of Baghdad) on Friday, eyewitnesses told VOI.
DIWANIYA – Authorities declared a curfew until Saturday morning following a mortar attack against the U.S. military base in Diwaniya on Friday evening, WNA reported. The U.S. military did not comment on the attacks.
SAMAWA – Muthanna Governor Mohammed Ali Al-Hassani announced that a ceasefire agreement was reached in Samawa following the intervention of a UIA parliamentary delegation from Baghdad, VOI reported today. Clashes had erupted on Thursday between Mahdi Army militiamen and SIIC-dominated security forces in the southern Shi’ite city. A medical source from the Samawa General Hospital said seven people were killed in the clashes and 52 wounded, including 30 policemen. Police had said that three people were killed and nine wounded on Thursday. Eyewitnesses told Reuters that sporadic fighting has continued in some parts of southern Samawa today.
SAMAWA - Four Iraqi policemen were killed and three civilians wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Samawa, police said, according to Reuters.
BASRAH – A British helicopter attacked militants preparing to launch a rocket attack against the British military base in the Basrah International Airport near Garmat Ali north of Basrah (590 km south of Baghdad) late Thursday, a British military spokesman said today.
BASRAH – A British convoy was attacked with a roadside bomb explosion and small arms fire in the Hakimiya district of central Basrah on Friday without casualties, a British military spokesman said. All three British military bases in Basrah were targeted by indirect mortar and rocket fire over the last 24 hours without casualties, the spokesman added.