Updated at 12:40 p.m. EST, Nov. 18, 2006
Fridays are relatively calm in Iraq. It is the day of prayer, and curfews limiting
driving activity tamp down on the amount of car and roadside bomb attacks. However,
at least 59 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and five were injured.
In southern Iraq, yesterday’s kidnapping of security contractors resulted in
the deaths of two foreigners and six Iraqis. At least one American
was also injured.
Thirty-seven dumped bodies were found, at least 20 of those were in Baghdad.
security contractor, possibly Austrian, was killed and an
American was wounded, after their convoy stumbled into a phony police
checkpoint near Safwan yesterday. Reports are still sketchy, but at least four
others were killed in a subsequent gunfight. Early reports last night stated
that four American
contractors had been kidnapped in the incident, two
were later freed. Nine contractors of other nationalities were released.
In one possibly related incident, British
forces conducting a raid in Safwan killed
two gunmen. In a second incident, a British
security guard was killed and a colleague injured when gunmen
drove past them at a checkpoint in Zubayr. The pair had crossed the border illegally
in search of the missing contractors. Two
female bystanders and two policemen were also killed in the battle.
In the capital, 20
bodies were recovered from several neighborhoods. In central Baghdad, robbers
dead four Iraqi policemen during a bank heist that netted them 1.6
billion Iraqi dinars ($1.1 million). And in the northwest Hurriya district,
were gunned down.
bearing gunshot and torture marks were discovered in Fallujah.
Gunmen in Kirkuk shot
dead a civilian and wounded his baby daughter. Two
more people were killed and another four wounded in a separate drive-by.
tomb of religious leader Ahmad Thiyab Al-Nuaimi was blown up in southern
Kirkuk; events like these in the past have sparked increased sectarian violence.
Lieutenant Colonel Sattar Jabar, who was the chief police spokesman in Baquba,
was shot dead.
In Numaniya, police recovered two
bodies from the Malih River.
and her daughter were killed in Mosul.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis