Updated at 11:40 a.m. EST, Nov. 24, 2006
In the deadliest attack since the U.S. invaded Iraq, suspected Sunni militiamen
at least 215 people and wounded 257 others in Shi’ite Sadr City
today; the death toll is expected to go much higher. In other events, another
117 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 57 more wounded for a combined total
of 332 dead and 315 wounded today.
In the Sadr City district, a series of mortar and bomb attacks left 215
dead and 257 wounded. The explosions rocked the large, Shi’ite slum
at 15 minute intervals beginning at about 3:00 p.m. Among the specific
attacks were two car bombs that blasted the Jamila and al-Hay markets and
another car bomb at Shahidein Square. Sunni militiamen were thought to be behind
Shi’ite militiamen responded by firing several mortar rounds at the Sunni
Adhamiya neighborhood, killing
wounding seven more people. Also, mortars were dropped on a Sunni mosque,
killing one person. Three
more Sunni targets were blasted by explosives; 11
died and 23 were wounded in Azamiyah, Bab al-Moazzam and on Palestine Street.
Over in northern Baghdad, 30 gunmen laid
siege to the Health Ministry in what may be another Sunni-backed attack.
The three-hour firefight between the Iraqi Army and the gunmen, who are thought
to be Sunni militiamen, left five
wounded. A curfew
has been imposed and the airports are closed in the hope that it will curb further
In Coalition news, police reported that Coalition
forces fired upon a minibus carrying day laborers; four
Iraqis were killed and another eight
injured in the incident which occurred before dawn. Also, the Multi-National
Force said that Coalition forces killed
a suspected terrorist in Balad Ruz. Another 17
suspected terrorists and militiamen were killed in separate events involving
Coalition forces around the country.
Other events in the capital included a roadside bomb attack, which wounded
five in the Nahdha area. Another roadside bomb, this one in the Bayaa district,
police commandos. On Palestine Street, yet another roadside bomb wounded
four people, including two policemen. Gunmen shot
dead Najim al-Kinani, a former military pilot, in the Mansour neighborhood.
Also, heavy fighting took place in the Hurriyah neighborhood and near Jadriyah
bridge, but no casualties were reported. And police recovered 30
dumped bodies late Wednesday into Thursday.
In Baquba, gunmen killed
two men selling black market gasoline and
their customer. At least nine
others were also killed in separate events.
two policemen and two
civilians in separate incidents around Mosul. Colonel Yasin Abd-Ali was
dead near his home northeast of the city. Three
dumped bodies were also found.
Yashua Mageed Hedaya, the head of the independent Assyrian movement, was gunned
down in Qarqash.
In Tikrit, gunmen killed
one policemen and wounded another.
A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in Iskandariya killed
one officer and wounded a second.
A man was pulled off a bus in Tal Afar and shot
And in Diwaniya, eight bodies
Compiled by Margaret Griffis