U.S. troops reported killed: 8.
BAGHDAD – A car bomb explosion in the Karrada district of central Baghdad killed 60 people and wounded 90 others on Friday, police said, according to VOI. The death toll was likely to rise as rescue teams were still searching for bodies underneath the rubble. It was the fourth explosion to rock the predominately Shi’ite district this month, and the chairman of the Baghdad governorate council said a security cordon would be imposed on Karrada to prevent car bombs from entering the area.
BAGHDAD - Police found seven bodies around the capital, victims of sectarian death squads, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. Five bodies were found in the Amil, Bayya’ and Saidiya districts of southern Baghdad, and two others were found in the Sulaikh and Mashtal districts on the eastern bank of the Tigris, police said. Twenty other bodies had been found on Thursday, police said.
BAGHDAD – Gunmen killed Abdul Sattar Abdul Jabbar, a director-general in the Ministry of Reconstruction and Housing, in Karrada on Thursday night, the Interior Ministry said today, according to VOI.
BAGHDAD – An Iraqi journalist died today from wounds received on Wednesday when he was shot by a sniper’s bullet in the Utaifiya district of Baghdad, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory in Iraq said today. The victim, Adnan Al-Safi, was a correspondent for the Al-Anwar satellite channel.
BAGHDAD – Two people were wounded in a mortar attack on an Iraqi Army base in the Kadhimiya district late Thursday, the Interior Ministry said today, according to VOI.
BAGHDAD – The U.S. military said today eight U.S. soldiers were killed in roadside bomb and small arms fire attacks during operations in Baghdad and Diyala since Tuesday.
BAGDHAD – The U.S. military said it killed nine suspected insurgents in helicopter air strikes on western Baghdad on Wednesday and Thursday. Fourteen other suspected insurgents were killed during operations in Diyala on Tuesday, the military said.
MADA’IN – Police said gunmen attacked the Samadiya electric power substation in Mada’in south east of Baghdad with seven mortar rounds, damaging it seriously and resulting in a power outage in the Mada’in and Wahda areas.
MAHMOUDIYA - Two mortar bombs killed a woman and wounded two others, including a child, in Mahmoudiya (30 km south of Baghdad), police said.
KARBALA – Nine civilians were killed and 25 wounded during a U.S. military raid with helicopter support on the Askari district of Karbala (180 km south west of Baghdad) on Thursday night, medical sources told VOI. The U.S. military had said on Friday it killed 17 militants in precision aerial strikes during a raid to arrest a Mahdi Army commander in Karbala, adding that no civilians were in the area during the strike.
KARBALA – Gunmen attacked the residence of Karbala Governor Aqeel Al-Khaz’ali in the Islah district of southern Karbala and clashed with his guards without casualties on Friday morning, police said, according to VOI.
MOSUL – Two policemen were killed when gunmen ambushed their patrol in the Sukar district of northern Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad) on Friday evening, police said, according to VOI.
MOSUL – Two civilians were killed and three wounded during clashes between police and gunmen in the Zuhour district of northern Mosul, police said.
MOSUL – A civilian was killed and seven wounded in a mortar attack west of Mosul on Thursday, police said.
MOSUL – Militants blew up parts of the Mosul Club Stadium on Thursday morning, police said, according to VOI. There were rumors that the stadium was to be turned into a military base for the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.
RABI’A – Three policemen were killed and three wounded during clashes with gunmen who attacked a police checkpoint in the border town of Rabi’a (130 km west of Mosul) on Thursday, police said, according to VOI. Three gunmen were also killed in the attack.
KIRKUK - Two people were killed and another wounded in a rocket attack that destroyed a house in the Urouba district of southern Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) on Friday, police said, according to Reuters.
KIRKUK – Two people were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near a fuel station in the Hajjaj district of Kirkuk on Friday morning, police said, according to VOI.
KIRKUK - Insurgents killed one Iraqi soldier in a drive-by shooting at an army checkpoint southwest of Kirkuk on Friday, police said, according to Reuters.
KIRKUK – Six people were killed and 25 wounded in a car bomb explosion near a popular restaurant in central Kirkuk on Thursday evening, police said. Two other people and a policeman were wounded in two roadside bomb explosions in the city on Thursday.
SAMARRA - Seven police commandos were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Samarra, (100 km north of Baghdad), police said, according to Reuters. The police patrol then opened fire, killing three civilians.
MUQDADIYA – A civilian was killed and six wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Mu’alimeen district of Muqdadiya (45 km northeast of Ba’quba) on Friday, police said, according to VOI.
JALAWLA – Police defused a car bomb near the main market in the town of Jalawla (80 km northeast of Ba’quba) on Friday, police said, according to VOI.
FALLUJAH – Three civilians, including a child, were killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Jumhouriya district of Fallujah on Thursday, police said.
HILLA – Five Interior Ministry commandos were killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb attack that targeted their patrol on the Hilla-Diwaniya road on Thursday, police said.
NAJAF – Gunmen killed a former security coordinator of the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf in the Jami’a district of Najaf on Thursday, police said. The victim, Kadhim Al-Bidairi, had quit his job at the shrine six months ago, the source said.
ZUBAIR – British troops detained several people suspected of firing rockets at British military bases during a raid in the town of Zubair south west of Basrah on Friday morning, a British military spokesman said.
BASRAH – British troops killed two suspected militants following an attack on a British patrol in the Garmat Ali area north of Basrah on Friday, a British military spokesman said today. All major British military bases in Basrah were attacked with indirect fire over the last 24 hours without casualties, the spokesman said.
BASRAH – A rocket hit the Hussein district of southwestern Basrah on Thursday, destroying two electric power transformers and five vehicles, police said, adding that a British military helicopter fired the rocket. A British military spokesman said an armed group fired the rocket.