Saturday, September 29, 2007

Security Summary: September 29, 2007

Above: Relatives gather at three coffins during a funeral today for the victims of an air strike in the Dora area of Baghdad when U.S. troops backed by helicopter gun ships raided an apartment building killing at list 10 civilians and wounding 12.

BAGHDAD - A mortar killed one civilian and wounded four people in the mainly Shi'ite Abu Dsheer neighbourhood in south Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb in New Baghdad, a district of southeast Baghdad, killed two civilians and wounded eight, police said.

BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier was killed by small arms fire while conducting combat operations in southern Baghdad, the U.S. military said. Another soldier was killed by gunfire in Diyala province, north of the capital.

SAMARRA - U.S. forces killed five people in an air strike in Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, on Friday after they said soldiers came under fire from a building. The soldiers found rocket-propelled grenades, rifles, ammunition, and an improvised explosive device at the site.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces killed one gunman and detained eight others on Saturday during operations across Iraq. The U.S. military said the dead man may have been linked to Abu Usama al-Tunisi, a prominent al Qaeda figure killed on Tuesday.

SAMARRA - The bodies of eight suspected militants with gunshot wounds were delivered by Iraqi special forces to the main hospital in Samarra, police said.

HAMDANIYA - A car bomb targeting a police patrol killed at least four policemen and wounded 16 civilians in Hamdaniya, 30 km (20 miles) east of the northern city of Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi army and gunmen clashed in Amin square in central Baghdad wounding four civilians, police said.

MOSUL - Gunmen shot the imam of a mosque outside his house in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

HAWIJA - Hawija police chief's assistant died from wounds after roadside bomb targeted his patrol in Hawija, 70 km (43 miles) southwest of Kirkuk city, police said.

BAGHDAD - U.S. military said air strike in Doura district of southern Baghdad on Thursday evening targeted men firing mortars. It estimated two to three people were killed or wounded. A senior health official in central Baghdad said the attack killed seven men and wounded six.

BAGHDAD - Five bodies were found in different districts of Baghdad on Friday, police said.

DIWANIYA - A body was found with gunshot wounds on Friday in southern Diwaniya, 180 km (112 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

JURF AL-SAKHAR - Al Qaeda militants attacked Sunni Arab tribes working with U.S. forces on Friday in Jurf al-Sakhar, 85 km (53 miles) south of Baghdad, wounding six, police said.

NEAR HILLA - Gunmen shot a member of the disbanded Ba'ath party on Friday south of Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

HILLA - Gunmen killed a man in southern Hilla on Friday, police said.

JBELA - Policemen defused several bombs in hand-held torches after one detonated wounding four people in Jbela, 65 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL - A mortar bomb killed a local journalist on Friday in western Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi and U.S. forces detained suspected al Qaeda in Iraq cell leader and destroyed a large weapons cache during operations on Wednesday and Friday in central Iraq. The cell leader was believed to be responsible for assassinations and engaging in firefights in the Baghdad area of Ghazaliya.

From Reuters/Alternet