Updated at 10:00 p.m. EST, Dec. 8, 2006
Although a regular car curfew helped quash violence towards religious observers
in the capital, at least 78 Iraqis were killed today and 43 wounded in
violent attacks across the country. Also, three U.S. soldiers were killed
Marines were wounded in separate events.
The U.S. military reported two
U.S. soldiers wereut killed and two
other people wounded by a roadside bomb attack in the capital. A separate
roadside bomb, also in Baghdad, killed
an American soldier. Two
Marines were injured while on foot patrol in Fallujah. These deaths
bring the December tally to 37
American servicemember deaths.
were killed in a clash with American forces in Dijel.
Coalition forces also reported killing
20 militia members, including two women, near Lake Tharthar; however, Iraqi
they found the bodies of 19 civilians, including five children, instead. The
major of Ishaqi had earlier claimed a larger number of people were dead, but
In the capital, police found 18
dumped bodies throughout the city; they bore the usual gunshot wounds and
many displayed signs of torture. Mortars fell on the poor, Shi'ite suburb of
were killed and 22 wounded in the attack.
General Humam Nuri and his brother were slain in Baghdad; he was the head
of customs in Najaf. Gunmen attacked a crowd of people in the Amil district,
and wounding three. And five truck drivers were abducted in the Jiser Diyala
In Tal Afar, a car bomb killed
three and wounded 15 at an Iraqi army checkpoint.
South of Mahmudiya a car bomb was discovered before it could be used; the
bomb was destroyed in a controlled detonation, so
no casualties were reported.
were discovered around Baquba.
was found in Muqdadiyah.
In Taji, a bus
driver was injured when he took a bullet to the hand.
An Iraqi translator
was shot dead in Karmah.
And two detainees
were abducted from the Hibhib police station.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis