Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Security Summary: March 14, 2007

An Iraqi youth is interrogated while U.S. soldiers from search his home as part of the ongoing sweeps in the Dora neighborhood of southern Baghdad. Under 'emergency powers' declared by Prime Minister Maliki, homes can be searched at will and 'suspects' detained indefinitely without charges.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi troops raided a complex in eastern Baghdad occupied by Palestinian refugees after receiving information that a car bomb was inside the compound, Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier Abdul Karim Khalaf said. Khalaf said shooting broke out and three men gunmen were killed and 25 others were arrested, including Iraqis and Palestianians.

FALLUJA - A U.S. Marine was killed in combat on Tuesday in Anbar province, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.

BAQUBA - Police found four decapitated heads in the insurgent stronghold of Baquba, officers said. It was not clear who the victims were.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed Mudhafer al-Ubaidi, the head of Baghdad's Adhamiya Municipality, and one of his guards, an aide to Ubaidi said. Ubaidi's son was wounded in the attack.

NEAR HILLA - Gunmen killed three off-duty policemen just south of Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, a hospital source said.

TUZ KHURMATO - A suicide bomber killed 10 people and wounded 15 in a market in Tuz Khurmato, south of Kirkuk, police said.

MOSUL - Several mortar rounds landed on a residential district in Mosul killing a man and his child and wounding four, a hospital source said.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded near an Iraqi army checkpoint, killing one person and wounding four in Baghdad's western Yarmouk district, police said.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed two policemen in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK - Gunmen killed one civilian in his store and kidnapped his brother in the northern city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

NEAR KIRKUK - A motorist was killed when a roadside bomb blew up next to his vehicle on a main road south of the city of Kirkuk, police said.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi army found 1,600 litres of nitric acid in 64 small containers prepared as roadside bombs in Baghdad's northern district of Adhamiya, police said.

NEAR FALLUJA - The bodies of two men were found, with gunshot wounds and signs of torture, near the Sunni Arab stronghold of Falluja, 50 km (35 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

DIWANIYA - Gunmen killed two police officers and wounded another on Tuesday night in a drive-by shooting in the southern city of Diwaniya, 180 km (110 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

ISKANDARIYA - A Sunni mosque was badly damaged on Tuesday when militants planted bombs inside it in the town of Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

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