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Iraq Security Developments - Saturday
ALmost 500 Iraqis Killed and Wounded on Saturday; Clashes in Diwaniya and Basrah
By ZEYAD KASIM 07/08/2007 02:45 AM ET
Kirkuk, IRAQ: An Iraqi rushes a wounded girl into a hospital in the oil rich city of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, 07 July 2007.
MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
Kirkuk, IRAQ: An Iraqi rushes a wounded girl into a hospital in the oil rich city of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, 07 July 2007.

Security developments in Iraq on Saturday, July 7, 2007:

Iraqis reported killed: 194. Iraqis reported wounded: 300.

U.S. troops reported killed: 3. U.S. troops reported wounded: 5.

British troops reported killed: 2. British troops reported wounded: 3.

Map by Zeyad Kasim
TUZ KHURMATO - A suicide truck bomb killed at least 150 people and wounded 250 at a busy outdoor market in the Shi’ite Turkmen village of Amerli south of of Tuz Khurmato (200 km north east of Baghdad) on Saturday morning, police said, according to Reuters and AP. Over 30 houses and 20 shops were leveled in the massive blast, and the wounded had to be transported to hospitals in Tikrit and Kirkuk because the Tuz Khurmatu hospital was understaffed, contributing to the rising death toll. Five people were still missing and unaccounted for, according to VOI. The sectarian and ethnically mixed Tuz region, sandwiched between Kirkuk and Baquba, had recently witnessed increased, deadly activity of Islamic State of Iraq militants, who were possibly on the run from military operations in Baquba and Baghdad.

BAGHDAD - Police found the bodies of 19 people shot execution style in different parts of the capital on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said, according to Reuters and VOI. Most were found in the Karkh sector of western Baghdad (three in Dora, three in Amil, three in Mansour, three in Jami’a, two in Ghazaliya, one in Saidiya, and one in Kadhimiya) and the rest were found in eastern Baghdad’s Rusafa sector (one in Sadr City, one in Ur and one in Sulaikh).

BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomber killed five Iraqi soldiers and a civilian near an Iraqi army checkpoint in east Baghdad’s Zayouna district on Saturday afternoon, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. Fifteen people, including five soldiers, were wounded in the blast.

BAGHDAD – U.S. troops killed a woman in Akhtal Street in northern Baghdad’s Adhamiya district, police sources said, according to WNA. The source said the woman was trying to ask the soldiers to cross the street before she was shot dead.

BAGHDAD - Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb explosion while on foot patrol south of Baghdad on Friday, a U.S. military statement said today.

BAGHDAD – A U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter were killed and three soldiers wounded in a roadside bomb attack targeting their patrol in southeastern Baghdad on Friday, a U.S. military statement said today.

BAGHDAD – Eyewitnesses said U.S. troops clashed with suspected Mahdi Army militiamen following raids in the Shi’ite district of Shu’la in western Baghdad on Saturday evening, according to VOI. U.S. and Iraqi officials did not comment on the incident, and there were no reports of casualties.

BAGHDAD – A Baghdad Operations Command statement today said five suspected insurgents were detained during security operations in Kadhimiya, Mansour and Mada’in over the last 24 hours, according to VOI. Iraqi troops also defused three roadside bombs in Adhamiya, Kadhimiya and Rashid, and confiscated weapons and ammunitions. The statement said two Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the raids.

KIRKUK - Six policemen were wounded in two consecutive roadside bomb explosions in the Musala district of central Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) on Saturday morning, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

KIRKUK - Four civilians were wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb 25 km west of Kirkuk, police said.

KIRKUK – A Kirkuk police spokesman said 14 suspected insurgents and oil smugglers were detained during operations south west of Kirkuk on Saturday, according to VOI and WNA.

TAZA – Gunmen killed a civilian in a drive-by shooting in the Mazru’a village near Taza (20 km south of Kirkuk) on Saturday, police told VOI and WNA.

DHILUIYA – A roadside bomb explosion killed the local Iraqi Army commander, Major Amer Nayif and two of his bodyguards and wounded five civilians in Dhilu’iya (90 km north of Baghdad) on Saturday, a police source told VOI.

YETHRIB – Two Iraqi policemen were killed and two others wounded when a U.S. jet fighter accidentally bombed their checkpoint in Yethrib near Balad (80 km north of Baghdad) on Saturday, a local police source told VOI and WNA. The source said U.S. troops apologized for the attack.

DUJAIL – Militants attacked a U.S. military convoy near Dujail (65 km north of Baghdad) and destroyed a truck carrying supplies for U.S. troops on Saturday, police sources told VOI. The U.S. military did not comment on the accident.

BAQUBA – The Iraqi army said joint U.S.-Iraqi troops killed four suspected Al-Qaeda militants and detained nine others during security operations in Ba’quba and Khan Bani Sa’ad north east of Baghdad, according to Reuters and VOI.

ANA – Eyewitnesses said a roadside bomb explosion targeting a U.S. military patrol destroyed a vehicle and wounded several soldiers in Ana (280 km west of Ramadi) on Saturday afternoon, according to VOI. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.

MAHMOUDIYA – Militiamen manning a fake checkpoint abducted 25 people in the Askari district of Mahmoudiya south of Baghdad on Saturday morning, an Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq statement said.

AIN AL-TAMUR – A Karbala police spokesman said police found and defused a bag full of explosives left on a road near Khudhaira in Ain Al-Tamur (40 km west of Karbala) on Saturday, according to VOI and WNA.

HILLA – Police defused a roadside bomb planted near the Scorpion Brigade Interior Ministry commandos headquarters in central Hilla on Saturday, police said.

NAJAF – A policeman was wounded when a mortar shell hit a police station in Najaf on Saturday morning, Najaf News Net reported.

KUT – Police arrested 12 suspected oil smugglers in the southern city of Kut (180 km south east of Baghdad) on Saturday, police said, according to WNA.

DIWANIYA - Six Mahdi Army militiamen were killed and 17 wounded during clashes with U.S. troops in the southern city of Diwaniya, a Sadr Bureau source in the city said, according to Reuters and WNA. The U.S. military base in Diwaniya had been attacked with Katyusha rockets on Saturday afternoon, and an Iraqi soldier was wounded in the clashes that broke out in several parts of the city, eyewitnesses said.

SAMAWA – An Iraqi journalist working for local Samawa television was killed with a sniper’s bullet while entering the Samawa TV building on Friday evening, the Iraqi Journalists’ Rights Defense Association said today, according to VOI. The southern city had witnessed clashes between Mahdi Army militiamen and SIIC-dominated local security forces on Thursday and Friday, killing at least seven people and wounding 55 others.

BASRA – A British soldier was killed and three others wounded when militants attacked their patrol with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire on dawn Saturday during the largest security operation staged by British troops this year in Basra (590 km south of Baghdad), a British military spokesman said. Five people were detained during the operation in the Tamimiya district, WNA reported. Another British soldier was killed in a shooting accident inside a military compound hosting the British consulate in southeastern Basrah, the spokesman said. The two deaths bring the number of British casualties in Iraq since March 2003 to 158.

BASRAH – Several mortar shells hit the Ma’qal and Hakimiya districts of Basrah before dawn Saturday without casualties, police told WNA.

ABU AL-KHASIB – Police defused a roadside bomb planted near the Hamdan water purification station in Abu Al-Khasib (20 km south east of Basrah) on Saturday morning, police said, according to WNA.

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