Updated at 10:55 p.m. EST, Nov. 14, 2006
The violence continues unabated in Iraq. At least 143 Iraqis were killed
or found dead and another 109 were wounded; however, the main story from
the war-torn country today is the mass
kidnapping of staff members at the Higher Education ministry. At
least 50 were held temporarily in the incident. Also a
polish soldier was reportedly killed and another wounded in Noamaniya.
At Higher Education Ministry in central Baghdad, at
least 50 staff members were kidnapped by gunmen wearing police commando
uniforms and driving brand new vehicles. Earlier reports had put the number
at 150 kidnap victims. Sunni employees were deliberately picked out from the
crowd to be taken away, and witnesses said that local police did nothing during
the incident. Several
police officers, including the district chief, were arrested shortly after
the kidnapping. Later
in the day 20 victims were released. Three
doctors were also kidnapped in Basra. Late in the day, another 30
people were reported kidnapped off a bus in the Tarmiyah area of Baghdad.
Several explosions occurred in the capital as well. A bomb planted in an eastern
Baghdad bus station killed
two and wounded ten others. In central Baghdad, a car bomb killed
21 and wounded 25 in the Shourjah marketplace. Another car bomb wounded
three people in the Hurriyah district. In the Sadr City district, a car
7 and injured 23. One
man was killed when a car bomb exploded in western Baghdad. And in the northern
al-Zuhur suburb, mortars killed
four people and wounded six. Also, gunmen killed
a security guard working for former PM Allawi, while the guard was heading
home through the Ghazaliya district. At least 17
bodies were discovered in Baghdad, some blindfolded and bound.
Clashes in Ramadi left 32
Iraqis dead and 17
wounded. Shelling from U.S. tanks reportedly killed them.
In Baquba, police responding to a tip and supported by the U.S. forces discovered
the bodies of fifteen
kidnap victims inside a house where there had been a gunfight earlier. The
bodies were bound, blindfolded and shot. Gunmen also attacked a police station,
policemen and wounding another. At least one more police
officer was killed and another wounded in a separate incident.
The U.S. military reported today that three
militiamen were killed during an airstrike in Yusifiya yesterday.
A car bomb wounded
ten people in downtown Tikrit.
Gunmen killed one
man in Kirkuk.
bodies were discovered in Mosul. Late Monday night, three
were killed as they were trying to plant a roadside bomb.
were killed and two wounded near Mandali when gunmen stopped their minibus.
In Kut, gunmen killed
two Iraqi army soldiers. Also, the bodies
of three policemen were delivered to the morgue.
Also, the Iraqi Army reported killing
three militiamen in unspecified parts of Iraq.
In Muqdadiya, two
police officers were killed and seven wounded in an unspecified attack.
Mortars fell in Drai'eyah, southeast of the capital, killing
three and wounding six.
In Khalis, gunmen killed
a driver from the yoghurt factory.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis