Security developments in Iraq on Monday, July 23, 2007:
Iraqis reported killed: 81. Iraqis reported wounded: 109.
U.S. troops reported killed: 3. U.S. troops reported wounded: 2.
BAGHDAD - Ten people were killed and 38 wounded in two car bomb explosions near a crowded market in the Karrada district of central Baghdad on Monday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
BAGHDAD – At least four people were killed and six wounded when a car bomb exploded near an entrance to the fortified Green Zone in the Karradat Mariam district of central Baghdad on Monday, police said, according to VOI.
BAGHDAD – A policeman and a civilian were killed and five people, including two policemen, were wounded in a car bomb explosion targeting a police patrol near the Wathiq Square in the Karrada district of central Baghdad on Monday afternoon, police said.
BAGHDAD – Two people were killed and seven wounded when a bomb planted inside a minibus exploded in Kifah Street of central Baghdad on Monday, police said, according to Reuters and WNA. BAGHDAD – Two members of the Oil Facilities Protection Service were killed and two others wounded when gunman ambushed their vehicle on the highway near the Waziriya district in northern Baghdad on Monday afternoon, an Interior Ministry source told VOI.
BAGHDAD – A civilian was killed and two wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a football field in the Wahda district of southeastern Baghdad on Monday, police said.
BAGHDAD – Four civilians were wounded in a mortar attack on the Dora district in southern Baghdad on Monday afternoon, police said.
BAGHDAD – Four people were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Khadhraa’ district of western Baghdad on Monday afternoon, police said.
BAGHDAD – Four Iraqi soldiers were wounded when they were attacked by gunmen in the Adhamiya district of northern Baghdad on Monday afternoon, according to McClatchy newspapers.
BAGHDAD – Five mortar rounds hit the Nahrawan suburb east of Baghdad on Monday without casualties, police said.
BAGHDAD – A bomb planted on a minibus exploded near the Mustansiriya University Engineering College in central Baghdad on Monday without casualties, according to VOI and WNA.
BAGHDAD - Three U.S soldiers were killed and two wounded by separate roadside bomb attacks in Iraq during the last two days, the U.S military said today.
BAGHDAD – U.S. troops cordoned the Raghiba Khatoun area in the predominately Sunni Adhamiya district of northern Baghdad on Monday morning and prevented residents from entering or leaving the area, eyewitnesses said, according to WNA. Iraqi security forces had also closed all streets leading to the Shi’ite district of Kadhmiya on the other side of the Tigris River, WNA reported.
MOSUL – Police said three people, including a woman, were killed in separate violent incidents in the northern city of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad) on Monday, according to VOI. Colonel Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al-Wakka’, deputy Ninewa police commander, said gunmen killed Farah Emad Ahmed, the wife of a policeman, near her house in the Sukar district of northern Mosul. Gunmen also killed Taha Younis Khudhur, a policeman working at the Hammam Al-Aleel police station, in the Bakr district of Mosul. A civilian was also killed in a roadside bomb explosion targeting an Iraqi Army patrol in the Tall Al-Ruman area in southern Mosul on Monday evening.
MOSUL – Gunmen killed two civilians in a drive-by shooting in eastern Mosul on Monday, police said.
MOSUL – Police found an unidentified body shot execution style in the Wadi Agab area of western Mosul on Monday, police said.
MOSUL – Three people were wounded in a mortar attack targeting the Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in northern Mosul on Monday, police said.
MOSUL – A Ninewa security source said two loud blasts were heard inside the U.S. military base in the Mosul International Airport on Sunday night and helicopters could be seen circling the area, according to VOI. The source of the blasts could not be identified, the source said. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.
HAJJ UMRAN – Iranian forces fired several artillery rounds at border areas around the Kurdish border town of Hajj Umran on Monday evening without casualties, a Kurdish security source said, according to PUK Media.
MAKHMOUR – Gunmen kidnapped four employees of the Makhmour Electricity Directorate near the town of Makhmour (68 km south west of Erbil) on Sunday evening, a Kurdish security source said. The employees were carrying 19 million dinars ($13,000), the salaries of the department employees, the source said, adding that the gunmen were members of the Ansar Al-Sunna insurgent group. He said they released three employees and kept the fourth hostage, demanding a $100,000 ransom for his release.
KIRKUK – Police said they detained two wanted members of the 1920 Revolution Brigades and the Islamic State of Iraq militant groups in two separate raids north and west of Kirkuk on dawn Monday, according to VOI.
SULAIMAN BEG – The mayor of Sulaiman Beg Mohammed Mustafa escaped an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb explosion targeted his motorcade, wounding him and one of his bodyguards in Sulaiman Beg (180 km north of Baghdad) on Monday, police said, according to VOI.
TUZ KHURMATU – Police found three unidentified bodies near Tuz Khurmatu on Monday, police said.
KHALIS – Gunmen dressed in Iraqi Army uniform killed two civilians and wounded another and abducted eight civilians at a checkpoint near the Aswad village south of Khalis (15 km north west of Ba’quba) on Monday, police said. Militants have been operating freely in several villages around Khalis and Hibhib, despite a security operation in the Diyala governorate for several weeks, eyewitnesses say.
MUQDADIYA – Gunmen killed an employee of the Muqdadiya Electricity Directorate and wounded three others when they ambushed their vehicle in central Muqdadiya (100 km north east of Baghdad) on Monday, police said, according to VOI.
MUQDADIYA – Gunmen attacked the house of Muqdadiya mayor Najim Al-Harbi in the Asri district of Muqdadiya on Monday, killing one of his bodyguards, police said. Militants have repeatedly attacked the mayor’s house over the last two weeks.
IMAM WAYS – Gunmen manning a fake checkpoint killed two truck drivers, wounded one, and kidnapped two others near the town of Imam Ways north east of Baghdad on Monday, according to McClatchy newspapers.
BUHRIZ – Eyewitnesses said clashes have been raging on for several days between Islamic State of Iraq militants in several villages south of Buhriz and that an unspecified number of militants were killed and kidnapped by both sides. The reports could not be confirmed independently.
KHAN BANI SA’AD – Four civilians were wounded in a mortar attack on the town of Khan Bani Sa’ad northeast of Baghdad on Monday, according to PUK Media. A medical source in the town said the hospital received an unidentified body shot execution style on Monday.
SAMARRA – U.S. troops freed three civilians from their kidnappers and detained four suspects south of Samarra on Monday, the U.S. military said.
ISHAQI – Militants blew up a small bridge on the Ishaqi irrigation canal near Balad (110 km north of Baghdad) on Monday, police said. The bridge connected the main Baghdad-Mosul road with the towns of Dhilu’iya, Ishaqi and Samarra.
DUJAIL – Five policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion against their patrol near Dujail (90 km north of Baghdad) on Sunday night, police said.
SAQLAWIYA – Three civilians were wounded in a mortar attack near Saqlawiya (15 km north west of Fallujah) on Monday, police said.
RAMADI – Seven policemen were killed when a woman wearing an explosive belt blew herself up near a police checkpoint in Ramadi on Monday, according to Xinhua.
ISKANDARIYA - Police found three unidentified bodies shot execution style inside an abandoned house in the Chifchafa area near Iskandariya (40 km south of Baghdad), on Sunday night, police said, according to Reuters and WNA.
ISKANDARIYA - Gunmen killed a policeman when they attacked a police checkpoint in Iskandariya on Sunday, police said, according to Reuters and WNA.
ISKANDARIYA - Gunmen killed a man and seriously wounded his wife in a drive-by shooting in Iskandariya on Sunday night, police said.
AL-IMAM – U.S. troops raided the offices of the Badr Organization in the town of Al-Imam north of Hilla on Monday and detained Muhhanad Najim Ubaid, the head of the branch, and an unspecified number of members, a SIIC statement said. The U.S. military did not comment on the arrests.
HILLA - At least one person was killed and two other family members were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their house in the Shawi district of Hilla (100 km south of Baghdad) on Monday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
HASHIMIYA - A lawyer was killed in a drive-by shooting near Hashimiya (30 km south of Hilla) on Monday afternoon, police said. Lawyer Zaidan Al-Shammari was leaving his work at the Hashimiya court when the gunmen shot him, the source said, according to Reuters and VOI.
KARBALA – Police said they captured three suspects, including a woman, who were planning to stage a suicide bombing in central Karbala near the shrine of Imam Hussein, according to VOI. Karbala police director Colonel Raed Shakir Jawdat said the suspects confessed they were members of the Ansar Al-Sunna insurgent group.
KARBALA – Police said they detained 16 suspects wanted for carrying out armed attacks south of Karbala, Karbala police director said.
KARBALA – Police detained six fuel smugglers north of Karbala on Monday, police said.
NAJAF – Police said they detained the alleged killer of Sheikh Abdullah Falak, a top aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, on Monday. The alleged suspect was a security guard who confessed to stabbing the aide for the purpose of theft, police said, according to VOI.
KUT – Eyewitnesses said U.S. troops raided the Shuhadaa’ and Jihad districts in the southern city of Kut (180 km south east of Baghdad) on Monday afternoon and detained three people, according to VOI. The U.S. military and Iraqi police did not comment on the raids.
DIWANIYA – Police found the body of a policeman who was kidnapped two days ago in Diwaniya, police said, according to WNA.
DIWANIYA – An Iraqi soldier was seriously wounded when gunmen attacked him near his home in the Sadr district of Diwaniya on Monday, police said, according to WNA.
BATHA – A local Badr Organization official escaped an assassination attempt with a roadside bomb planted near his home in the town of Batha west of Nasiriya on Sunday night, SIIC said.
NASIRIYA – Police defused a roadside bomb planted near the home of a special forces police member in the Salihiya district of Nasiriya on Monday, according to Nasiriya News Network. SUQ AL-SHIYOUKH – A civilian was killed and two wounded when two mortar rounds hit their house in the town of Suq Al-Shiyoukh south east of Nasiriya on Monday, according to Nasiriya News Network. Another mortar shell hit the police station without casualties, the source said.
AL-SALMAN – Police found the body of a civilian near the main road leading to the Saudi border south of Samawa on Monday, police said. The victim was identified as a resident of the Babel governorate but the cause of the death was not clear.
AMARA – Gunmen assassinated a former Ba’ath Party member in the fish market of central Amara on Sunday night, police said.
BASRAH – A civilian was killed and eight wounded when British troops bombed the Kut Al-Hajjaj district of central Basrah with artillery fire on Sunday night, a security source told VOI. Eight houses were badly damaged in the bombing, the source said. The British military did not comment on the incident.
BASRAH – A child was wounded when a rocket hit the Ibla area of northern Basrah on Monday morning, police said. Another rocket hit the 5 Mile area of central Basrah without casualties, the source said.
BASRAH – British troops said they killed two militants who were firing mortars at the British military compound south east of Basrah on Monday, a British military spokesman said today. The source said all British military bases in Basrah were hit by indirect fire over the last 24 hours.
BASRAH – The Basrah Police Command headquarters in the Hakimiya district of Basrah was hit with four mortar shells without casualties on dawn Monday, police said.