Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Security Summary: August 29, 2007

Above: A bird flies above the empty streets of the Shiite holy city of Karbala, today.

KERBALA - Authorities said they had restored order and imposed a curfew after clashes in the southern city of Kerbala killed 52 people and sent hundreds of thousands of pilgrims fleeing an annual Shi'ite ritual.

BAGHDAD - Eleven bodies were found in various parts of Baghdad in the past 24 hours, police said.

KIRKUK - A car bomb killed three civilians and wounded seven others when it exploded in the Dumez district of the city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK - Two people were killed and one wounded in a mortar attack on a residential area in Kirkuk, police said.

DIWANIYAH - Two bodyguards of a government official in the southern city of Diwaniyah were killed by roadside bomb targeting their convoy, police said.

NAJAF - Gunmen killed one policeman in a drive-by shooting north of Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, a security source said.

KIRKUK - One American soldier died of wounds suffered during a combat operations in vicinity of Kirkuk on Tuesday, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces killed two gunmen and arrested 22 others in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

BABIL PROVINCE - At least six people were killed and four wounded when gunmen attacked a party headquarters of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) and set it a blaze in the al-Hamza district of Babil province south of Baghdad overnight, police said.

ISKANDARIYA - Gunmen attacked and set ablaze the headquarters of SIIC in Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad on Tuesday night, police said.

NAJAF - Gunmen attacked a SIIC party headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades in central Najaf city and torched a SIIC party office in the nearby holy city of Kufa.

BAGHDAD - At least one person was killed and three wounded when a car bomb exploded near al-Karkh court in central Baghdad, police said.

HAWIJA - Gunmen killed an Iraqi soldier in a drive-by shooting in Hawija, 70 km (43 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

NEAR TIKRIT - A woman and her five children were killed on Tuesday when gunmen stormed into her house in the village of al-Bu Ajeel just east of Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque, killing three worshippers and kidnapping three others in the Qahira district of northern Baghdad on Tuesday evening, police said.

MOSUL - At least six people were killed, including five policemen, when gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in the Hammam al-Alel area south of the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday night, police said.

MOSUL - A sniper shot dead a policeman in Mosul on Tuesday, police said.

MOSUL - Police killed a gunman wearing a suicide vest in Mosul on Tuesday, police said.

KIRKUK - Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi soldier in southern Kirkuk on Tuesday, police said.

From Reuters/Alternet