Saturday, March 10, 2007

Security Summary: March 10, 2007

Children lift up a piece of furniture as part of cleaning up after a raid in Baghdad's Shiite enclave of Sadr City

BAGHDAD - The bodies of 15 people were found shot dead in different parts of Baghdad on Saturday, a police source said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen opened fire on a police patrol in the Abu Ghraib district on the western outskirts of Baghdad, killing one policeman and two civilians, a police source said.

BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomber killed six Iraqi soldiers and wounded some 20 civilians when his car was stopped by a military checkpoint at an entrance to the Shi'ite slum of Sadr City, the U.S. military said. Iraqi sources gave widely differing numbers of casualties in the blast, as is common in Iraq.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces opened fire on a car they said failed to stop at a checkpoint in Adhamiya in northern Baghdad, killing three people and wounding three on Friday.

KIRKUK - A rocket killed three people and wounded 36 when it hit a bus station in a mostly Kurdish area of the northern city of Kirkuk, a hospital source said.

BAGHDAD - Two blasts that sounded like mortars rocked the building where delegates from regional and world powers were meeting to discuss stabilising Iraq, Reuters witnesses said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

KERBALA - One person was killed and 11 wounded when they were crushed in a crowd of pilgrims commemorating the Shi'ite religious rite of Arbain in Kerbala, police said. Officials said 6 million pilgrims had visited the town in the past 10 days.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed two pilgrims and wounded four when they attacked their vehicle near Sadr City, police said.

BAGHDAD - A Katyusha rocket killed one pilgrim and wounded five others when it landed in Baghdad's Shi'ite Kadhimiya district, police sources said.

LATIFIYA - Gunmen killed one Shi'ite pilgrim and wounded three others in the town of Latifiya, just south of Baghdad, as they were returning to the capital from a major Shi'ite event in Kerbala, police said.

TAJI - U.S. forces killed one insurgent and arrested 18 in Taji, a small town just north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement.

RAMADI - A roadside bomb killed three policemen and wounded one in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday, police said.

MAHMUDIYA - Police said they found the bodies of two men in the town of Mahmudiya, just south of Baghdad. The unidentified victims died from gunshot wounds.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces captured 31 insurgents in Baghdad's southern Rasheed district on Friday, the government said in a statement.

BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomber killed one soldier and wounded two others when he blew up his vehicle at an Iraqi Army checkpoint in western Baghdad's Jamia district, police said.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded two others when it blew up in a central Baghdad intersection, police said.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb wounded two Iraqi soldiers when it blew up near their patrol in western Baghdad's Yarmouk district, police said.

RAMADI - Police captured four al Qaeda militants in Ramadi on Friday, police said.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi soldiers captured six "rogue" militiamen suspected of "death squad" activities in Baghdad's Sadr City, the U.S. military said in a statement.

BAGHDAD - A senior figure of an al Qaeda-led militant group was arrested on Friday, military spokesman Qassim Moussawi said. He denied reports that the man captured in a raid on Baghdad's outskirts was Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the leader of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq.

From Reuters/Alternet