Saturday, September 08, 2007

Security Summary: September 8, 2007

Above: A policeman stands at the site of a car-bombing in Sadr City which killed at least 20 and wounded dozens.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb near a police station in Baghdad's Shi'ite district of Sadr City killed one person and wounded five, police said.

KIRKUK - Police found two bodies with gunshot wounds and signs of torture in a small town north of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

DAQUQ - Four bodies, including one of a woman, were found with gunshot wounds in Daquq, 45 km (28 miles) south of Kirkuk, police said.

BASRA - British forces in Basra said 250 troops would return to Britain in the next four weeks, part of a plan to reduce troop levels in the southern city by 500 to 5,000.

NAJAF - A roadside bomb exploded in a market in the holy Shi'ite town of Kufa, killing five people and wounding eight, a police official said. The local hospital said four people were killed and six wounded. A second police official blamed the explosion on a thrown grenade.

BAGHDAD - Police found eight bodies in different districts in Baghdad on Friday, police said.

AL-ZAB - Gunmen killed three people in a drive-by shooting in Al-Zab, 35 km (20 miles) southwest of northern Kirkuk, on Friday, police said.

DIWANIYA - Gunmen killed a 40-year-old woman in front of her house in southeastern Diwaniya, 180 km (112 miles) south of Baghdad, on Friday.

NAJAF - Gunmen killed an official in the office of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, Mohammed al-Gara'awi, on Friday in front of his house in northern Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK - A car bomb exploded near a police station in the Shi'ite Turkmen town of Basheer, 20 km (12 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said. One police source said one policeman was killed, while a second said two died. Police said Turkmen residents launched a revenge attack on the Sunni town of Albu-Faraj, burning six houses.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed three policemen in a drive-by shooting on Friday in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

HILLA - Gunmen shot dead a woman employee in the Communications Ministry outside her house in Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, on Friday, police said.

From Reuters/Alternet