Updated at 10:00 p.m. EST, Dec. 12, 2006
Several explosions rocked the capital today, including one that killed
70 people and wounded 236 others. Another bomb damaged the Golden Mosque
in Samarra. Overall, at least 158 Iraqis were killed or found dead today
and 287 were injured in various incidents. Also, the U.S. Military announced
of five GIs today, bringing the December total to 47 American servicemember
Marines died today from wounds sustained during combat in Anbar province;
Marine died on Monday in Anbar from "non-hostile causes";
and a soldier
died from apparently natural causes near Diwaniyah, also on Monday.
Coalition forces killed
three militiamen in a separate incidents in the capital.
In Baghdad, a suicide car bomber killed
at least 70 and wounded 236 after luring day laborers to his vehicle at
Tayaran Square. About a mile away, a pair of roadside bombs wounded
two policemen and seven civilians. Another suicide car bomber attacked a
checkpoint in Radwaniya, killing
one and wounding eight. Two
people were injured when a mortar round fell on Haifa Street. And at least
47 dumped bodies
were also discovered throughout the capital.
Police found 13
bodies in Baquba.
Mortars fell on Bani Saad where five
people were killed and eights other wounded.
In Mosul, Aswan Fath Allah, an Associated
Press TV cameraman, was gunned down. Also, four
bodies, including that of an elderly woman, were found scattered about the
A mortar landed on a home in the northern city of Riyadh, killing
a mother and her two children; two
others were wounded in the attack.
were gunned down near Hawija.
riddled body was found near Chemin.
were killed and 15 wounded in Kirkuk when a suicide car bomber drove towards
an Iraqi army checkpoint. Another suicide bomber exploded his cargo in front
of the home of police Col. Aazar; the colonel, his wife and children were among
an Iraqi army colonel just north of Basra.
killed two police officers in Loualwa.
Also, a bomb was discovered outside the Golden Mosque in Samarra. No
casualties were reported, but the mosque was slightly damaged when the bomb
exploded while Coalition forces were removing it. It is believed that an attack
on the mosque last February ignited the sectarian violence that continues to
Compiled by Margaret Griffis