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Iraq Security Developments - Wednesday
Fifty Killed and 144 Wounded in Car Bombs Targeting Football Fans
By ZEYAD KASIM 07/26/2007 03:18 AM ET
Baghdad, IRAQ: Iraqis inspect the shattered glass of a car hit during an alleged overnight US and Iraqi military raid at Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City, 25 July 2007. At least three people were killed and six others wounded during the raid.
WISSAM AL-OKAILI/AFP/Getty Images
Baghdad, IRAQ: Iraqis inspect the shattered glass of a car hit during an alleged overnight US and Iraqi military raid at Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City, 25 July 2007. At least three people were killed and six others wounded during the raid.

Security developments in Iraq on Wednesday, July 25, 2007:

Iraqis reported killed: 109. Iraqis reported wounded: 176.

U.S. troops reported killed: 1.

Map by Zeyad Kasim

BAGHDAD – Police found 18 unidentified bodies in different parts of the capital on Wednesday, police said, according to VOI. Fourteen bodies were found in the Karkh sector of west Baghdad (four in Bayya’, three in Amil, three in Saidiya, two in I’lam, and two in Shu’la) and four were found in east Baghdad’s Rusafa sector (two in Sadr City, one in Amin, and one in Sulaikh), the source said.

BAGHDAD – Thirty people were killed and 75 wounded when a car bomb exploded near a group of football fans celebrating the Iraqi team’s victory in the Asian Cup semifinals in Baghdad's Mansour district on Wednesday afternoon, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomber attacked an army checkpoint at Maysaloun Square in eastern Baghdad's Ghadeer district, killing 20 people and wounding 60, many of them football fans celebrating the Iraqi team’s victory, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. The dead also included two soldiers.

BAGHDAD – Three people were killed and two wounded when a bomb exploded inside a taxi in the Sha’ab district on Wednesday afternoon, police said, according to VOI.

BAGHDAD – Iraqi police said eight people were killed and 10 wounded during U.S. raids in several parts of Sadr City on Tuesday night, according to VOI and WNA. The source said U.S. helicopters fired missiles at the district, badly damaging several houses and stores. The U.S. military did not comment on the raids.

BAGHDAD – Seven Iranian pilgrims were wounded when gunmen opened fire against their vehicle in the Mahdiya area south of Baghdad on Wednesday as they were returning from a visit to holy sites in Najaf, the Interior Ministry said, according to VOI.

BAGHDAD – Two policemen were wounded when a mortar shell hit the Khadhraa’ police station in western Baghdad on Wednesday afternoon, according to McClatchy newspapers.

BAGHDAD – Mahdi Army militiamen attacked the Janabiyeen area, s Sunni enclave in the Amil district, with mortar rounds and random gunfire on Wednesday morning for several hours despite a presence of Interior Ministry commandos, eyewitnesses said. The attacks ceased when U.S. troops arrived in the area, the sources said.

BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Army killed two suspected militants and detained 27 others during security operations west and south of Baghdad on Wednesday, the Baghdad operations command said in a statement today. The Iraqi Army also defused several roadside bombs in Mansour and Karrada, freed a kidnapped civilian in Adhamiya, and confiscated a vehicle and weapons in the Karkh sector, the statement said. One Iraqi soldier was killed and nine wounded during the operations.

BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier died of non-battle related causes on Tuesday, the U.S. military said today.

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said it detained 20 suspected militants during security operations in Mosul, Samarra, Tarmiya and Baghdad on Wednesday.

ZAKHO – Border guards arrested 12 people who were attempting to enter into Turkey illegally near the border town of Zakho on Wednesday, a Kurdish security source said. The detainees were all Kurds from Shikhan and Sinjar, the source said. Kurdish authorities had detained over 400 people attempting to enter Turkey over the last six months, and Turkey had delivered 84 Iraqis to Kurdish authorities today.

MOSUL – A civilian was killed and nine wounded when seven mortar shells hit the Jumhouriya and Ra’s Al-Jadda areas in central Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad) on Wednesday, Colonel Abdul Karim Al-Jubouri, Ninewa police operations commander, told VOI.

MOSUL – Three people were wounded from random gunfire celebrating the victory of Iraq’s football team on Wednesday, a security source in Mosul said, according to VOI.

BA’AJ – Three soldiers were wounded in a car bomb explosion targeting an Iraqi Army patrol in the town of Ba’aj (140 km southwest of Mosul) on Wednesday, Ba’aj Mayor Abdul Rahim Al-Shammari told VOI.

KIRKUK – Two people were killed in a drive-by shooting south of Kirkuk on Wednesday, police said, according to VOI.

KIRKUK – Six people were wounded in celebratory gunfire in Kirkuk on Wednesday, police said.

KIRKUK – Two militants were wounded and another detained during clashes with security forces in the Ras Domiz area south of Kirkuk on Wednesday, police said, according to VOI.

KIRKUK – Police said they discovered an ammunition cache belonging to the former Iraqi Army containing 40 mortar rounds north of Kirkuk, according to VOI.

HAWIJA - Gunmen killed two people in the town of Hawija (70 km southwest of Kirkuk), police said, according to Reuters.

HAWIJA – Gunmen kidnapped Mustafa Qais Mizhar Al-Asi, son of the sheikh of the Sunni Ubaid tribe, on the Kirkuk-Baiji road near Hawija on Wednesday, police said, according to VOI. The Ubaid is an influential tribe in Iraq with most of its clans concentrated between Baghdad and Kirkuk. It has both Sunni and Shi’ite branches, though it is predominately Sunni.

HAWIJA – The U.S. military base near the Mihairi village in Hawija was attacked with mortars on Wednesday, according to WNA. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.

SA’DIYA – Four decapitated heads were found in the Himreen area near the town of Sa’diya, police said. They were thought to belong to four relatives of the head of the Turkmen Front in the town, kidnapped yesterday.

MUQDADIYA – An Iraqi soldier was killed and two wounded in a roadside attack on their patrol in Muqdadiya on Tuesday night, according to WNA.

BAQUBA – A medical source in the Diyala Health Directorate said the morgue received three decapitated heads and five bodies believed to belong to several people kidnapped by gunmen in the Gatoun area of western Ba’quba on Tuesday night, according to PUK Media.

FALLUJAH – Police arrested five highway bandits following clashes west of Fallujah on Wednesday, police said, according to Eye Iraq Media.

AMERIYAT AL-FALLUJAH – Dozens demonstrated in the town of Ameriyat Al-Fallujah on Wednesday, protesting a decision by the U.S. military to disband the 860-strong local police force that was recruited from the tribe of Al-Bu Issa to fight Al-Qaeda-led militants in the area months ago. The protestors demanded a reinstatement of the local police force, which they said had succeeded in cleansing their areas from extremist militants.

ANA – The U.S. military imposed an indefinite curfew in the town of Ana (280 km west of Ramadi) on Wednesday morning, eyewitnesses said, according to VOI.

MADAIN – Gunmen killed two people and wounded two from one family when they broke into their home in the Ja’arra area of Mada’in south east of Baghdad on Wednesday, according to WNA.

MADAIN – Interior Ministry commandos detained 10 people and opened random fire in the main market of the predominately Sunni town of Salman Pak in Mada’in, eyewitnesses said, according to WNA. The commandos also prevented local food ration dealers from bringing a cargo of flour into the town, the sources said.

ISKANDARIYA - Police found the mutilated bodies of five people who had been kidnapped by gunmen days ago in the town of Iskandariya (40 km south of Baghdad) on Wednesday, police said, according to Reuters and WNA.

KARBALA – Karbala Police Commander Colonel Ra’ed Shakir Jawdat escaped an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb exploded near his motorcade north east of Karbala, killing three of his bodyguards and burning one vehicle, police said, according to VOI.

NASIRIYA – A roadside bomb exploded outside the Jinoub Hotel in Nasiriya damaging a police vehicle without casualties on Wednesday, according to Nasiriya News Network.

BASRAH – A roadside bomb exploded outside the Hor Al-Sa’ad contracting company at Istiqlal Street in central Basrah on Wednesday without casualties, according to WNA.

BASRAH – Eyewitnesses said a British military patrol in the Ashar area of Basrah was attacked with firebombs and rocks by an angry mob hours after a roadside bomb exploded in the area on Wednesday, according to WNA.

BASRAH – An abandoned building inside the British military compound south east of Basrah was set on fire following a rocket attack on Wednesday, a British military spokesman said today. The spokesman said all major British military bases in the southern city were hit by indirect fire without casualties on Wednesday.

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