Thursday, April 05, 2007

Security Summary: April 5, 2007

Iraqis gather 'souvenirs' and celebrate at the site of a roadside bombing which killed 4 British soldiers in Basra today

BASRA - Four British soldiers and a civilian interpreter were killed in a roadside bomb blast that destroyed their Warrior armoured fighting vehicle in the Iraqi city of Basra on Thursday, the British military said.

BAGHDAD - Four American soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military also said an army helicopter with nine personnel on board went down south of Baghdad. Four personnel were injured.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed 10 Iraqi soldiers and wounded one in an attack on a military checkpoint near the northern city of Mosul on Thursday, an army officer said.

BAGHDAD - A Baghdad satellite television station run by Iraq's biggest Sunni political party briefly went off the air on Thursday after a suicide truck bomb attack that killed one person and wounded 10.

BAQUBA - The bodies of five people were found shot in the head in central Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

WASIT province - The bodies of two women were found killed on the main road between Diyala and Wasit province, police said.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces captured 17 suspected insurgents during operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq and car bomb cells near Baghdad and Garma, the U.S. military said.

NEAR BASRA - A roadside bomb exploded near oil pipelines on Wednesday, damaging one pipeline, south of Basra, an official in Oil Facility Protection Force said.

BAGHDAD - The bodies of 10 people were found shot in different districts of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two roadside bombs exploded in quick succession in northern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding two others, police and a Reuters witness said. The first bomb exploded shortly after a U.S. patrol passed by.

BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier died and another was wounded on Tuesday when his patrol was attacked by small arms fire on the southern outskirts of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

NEAR TAL AFAR - Iraqi security forces backed by U.S. advisers detained two men on Tuesday believed to be behind a truck bombing in Tal Afar last week that killed 152 people, the U.S. military said. Tal Afar is about 420 km (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad. Nineteen other "suspicious individuals" were also detained.

DIWANIYA - Gunmen shot dead two Iraqi contractors working with the Iraqi military on Wednesday in Diwaniya, 180 km (112 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

DIWANIYA - Gunmen kidnapped the former Diwaniya police chief, Major-General Fuad Faris, as he was standing outside his house in central Diwaniya on Wednesday, police said.

From Reuters/Alternet