Updated at 10:50 p.m. EST, Dec. 14, 2006
kidnapping in the capital is the focus of news reports from Iraq today.
At least 20 people, perhaps as
many as 70 Iraqis, were kidnapped from a shopping district. The Dept. of
Defense also reported on the death
of an American soldier from non-combat related injuries; the December
tally now stands at 49 GI deaths. And a British
soldier was wounded when a roadside bomb blasted his patrol in Basra.
Overall, 110 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 35 were wounded in
In Baghdad, gunmen dressed as security personnel kidnapped
at least 20 civilians in the al Sanak district; some witnesses claim as
many as 70 were abducted. In later reports, between 25
and 30 Iraqis were immediately released, but there was still confusion as
to how many were actually taken away from the area. At least 30 appear to still
Also in the capital, at least 45
dumped bodies were found in town, and three
bodies were discovered southwest of Baghdad. Gunmen attacked a boys' school
in southwestern Baghdad, killing
a security guard. Mortars fell on Doura, wounding
three people and causing a large fire. Also, the convoy of Iraqi vice president
Adil Abdul Mahdi was attacked but no
casualties were reported.
Several bombs in Baghdad killed a number of people: A car bomb killed
two people, including a policeman, and wounded
seven, including three soldiers, in the western Nafaq al Shurta tunnel area.
While attempting to defuse a car bomb in Sadr City, an explosives
expert and his assistant were killed; another
four people were wounded when the bomb blew up prematurely. A suicide car
bomber drove into a checkpoint, killing
two people and wounding nine others.
A roadside bomb near Mussayab killed
one Iraqi soldier and wounded four more.
were found near an irrigation canal in Khallisa village; they were shot of showed
evidence of torture.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi patrol instead killed
a civilian and wounded another. A policeman
was shot to death. Six
bodies were also recovered in town, and five
bodies bearing gunshot wounds were turned in to the hospital.
Near Mosul, three
off duty Iraqi soldiers were shot dead on the highway headed towards Tal
was killed and three others wounded when a bomb they were defusing exploded
A car bomb in Mahaweel killed
two and wounded six others.
and tortured bodies were found in al Lij village.
In Samarra, a roadside bomb killed
two police commandos and wounded a policeman.
A roadside bomb killed
three Iraqi soldiers near Fallujah.
In Suwayra, eight
unidentified bodies were fished out of the Tigris River; they bore gunshot
and torture wounds and two were beheaded.
And gunmen killed
a policeman in al Silikh.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis