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Iraq Security Developments - Tuesday
Suicide Truck Bomb in Hilla; Two Council Members Abducted Near Kirkuk
By ZEYAD KASIM 07/25/2007 01:02 AM ET

Security developments in Iraq on Tuesday, July 24, 2007:

Iraqis reported killed: 58. Iraqis reported wounded: 107.

Map by Zeyad Kasim
HILLA - A suicide truck bomber killed 26 people and wounded 70 in a crowded area outside the Babel Maternity Hospital in the Shi'ite city of Hilla (100 km south of Baghdad) on Tuesday morning, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

BAGHDAD – Police found 18 unidentified bodies shot execution style in different parts of the capital on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. Fifteen were found in west Baghdad’s Karkh sector (four in Bayya’, three in Amil, three in Dora, two in Hurriya, one in Qadisiya, one in Amiriya, and one in Kadhimiya) and three were found in the Sulaikh district of east Baghdad’s Rusafa sector, police said.

BAGHDAD – Two civilians were killed and three others wounded in a rocket attack on the suburb of Husseiniya north of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said, according to VOI and WNA. U.S. troops have cordoned the suburb for the last five days, prompting demonstrations and a strike in Baghdad’s Sadr City today.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen assassinated Colonel Kamal Tahir Hassan, an Iraqi Army officer, while he was driving in northern Baghdad's Kadhimiya district on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

BAGHDAD – Two civilians were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Dora on Tuesday, according to McClatchy newspapers.

BAGHDAD - Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion at Qahtan Square in the Yarmouk district of western Baghdad on Tuesday morning, police said, according to Reuters.

BAGHDAD – Two policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Zayouna district in eastern Baghdad on noon Tuesday, police said.

MADAIN - A roadside bomb targeting an Interior Ministry commando patrol killed one policeman and wounded three others near a fuel station in the town of Salman Pak in Mada’in south east of Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon, police said, according to Reuters and WNA.

MADAIN – U.S. troops detained six suspects during raids in the Bawi and Mashru’ Al-Wahda areas in Mada’in on Tuesday, according to WNA.

MOSUL – Police found two unidentified bodies in the Qadisiya district of Mosul on Tuesday, police said, according to WNA.

HAWIJA – Police found the body of Salman Alwash, a former council member, in Hawija half an hour after he was kidnapped on the main Kirkuk-Hawija road, police said, according to VOI.

RASHAD – Gunmen kidnapped Karim Mohammed Sultan, a local council member, near Rashad south west of Kirkuk on Tuesday, police said, according to VOI.

KIRKUK - At least three people were wounded, including a policeman, in a roadside bomb attack near a police patrol in southern Kirkuk’s Wahid Huzairan district, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

KIRKUK – Two people were wounded when a Katyusha rocket hit their house in central Kirkuk on Tuesday morning, police said.

KIRKUK – Gunmen abducted Dr. Sargun Yurash while he was leaving his clinic at the Attiba’ Street in Kirkuk on Tuesday, according to WNA.

KIRKUK – Police detained 21 suspects and confiscated three vehicles and weapons during raids in the Khadhraa’ district of southern Kirkuk on Tuesday, a security source said, according to VOI.

DHILUIYA - Gunmen seriously wounded a police colonel and his son and blew up three houses belonging to local policemen in the Jubour district of Dhilu’iya (90 km north of Baghdad) on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

QARA TAPPA – A police checkpoint south of Qara Tappa was targeted with several mortar rounds and police clashed with unknown gunmen without casualties, according to WNA.

IMAM WAYS – A soldier was killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb attack near Imam Ways on Tuesday, according to WNA.

IMAM WAYS – An Iraqi Army patrol foiled an attempt by gunmen to kidnap five truck drivers on their way to Jalawla on Tuesday, according to PUK Media.

MUQDADIYA – A man was killed and his wife seriously wounded in a mortar attack on the Izzi district of Muqdadiya on Tuesday, according to WNA.

MUQDADIYA – U.S. and Iraqi troops detained six suspected militants in different parts of Muqdadiya on Tuesday, according to WNA.

KHALIDIYA – Gunmen killed a policeman and wounded another when they attacked their patrol near Khalidiya west of Baghdad on Monday night, according to WNA. Police killed one of the attackers and detained two others.

KARBALA – Police arrested a Pakistani national visiting Karbala after receiving tips that he was carrying 1.5 kg of illicit drugs, police said, according to VOI. The suspect was also found to have entered Iraq illegally, police said.

NAJAF – Police found and defused two roadside bombs in the Ansar district of Najaf and confiscated several rocket-propelled grenades near the old Quds military camp in the city, police said, according to WNA.

DIWANIYA - Gunmen killed an intelligence officer in the Iraqi Army near his house in Diwaniya (180 km south of Baghdad), police said, according to Reuters.

BATHA – Police clashed with weapon smugglers and confiscated a vehicle and a large amount of explosives in the town of Batha (20 km west of Nasiriya) on Tuesday evening, police said, according to WNA.

AMARA – Police detained a suspected criminal who confessed to carrying out killings and kidnappings for ransom in Amara (390 km south of Baghdad), police said.

BASRAH – Three people were killed and 14 wounded when three mortar shells hit the yard of the Sadr Teaching Hospital in southeastern Basrah on Tuesday morning, police said, according to VOI.

BASRAH – Dr. Zaki Al-Faddagh, a renowned surgeon in Basrah, was released by his kidnappers after being held for two weeks and paying a $100,000 ransom, according to Slogger sources in Basrah. The police incorrectly reported that Dr. Al-Faddagh killed two weeks ago.

BASRAH – The British military said it destroyed several rocket launchers, prepared to strike the British military base at the Basrah International Airport, in the Gizaiza area of Basrah on Monday night and dawn Thursday in response to indirect fire.

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