Updated at 9:25 a.m. EST, Dec. 18, 2006
kidnapping occurred in Baghdad where over two dozen people were kidnapped
from the offices of the Red Crescent aid group. At least 69 Iraqis were killed
or found dead today and six more were wounded. One
American soldier died of natural causes in the United States after being
medically evacuated from Iraq, and a Marine
was gunned down on Saturday in Anbar province. At least 59 GIs have
died while on duty in Iraq during the month of December.
In Baghdad, kidnappers targeted the offices of the Red Crescent, which is
affiliated with the International Red Cross; at least 28
employees and visitors were abducted. Seventeen
were later released, but several are still missing. Another three
people were abducted and a fourth man killed on Palestine Street; they were
members of the Adhamiya municipal council. These kidnappings follow a bold mass
kidnapping that occurred in Baghdad on Thursday. Forty-five
bodies were also discovered in various part of the capital, many bearing
Near Rutba, police found five
bodies bearing gunshot and torture wounds.
At a bus station in Mahmudiya, a car bomb killed
one person and injured two others.
were wounded when mortars landed in Balad.
In Jurf al Sakhar, police found two
tortured and shot bodies.
soldier was killed and another wounded near Tikrit when a roadside bomb
targeted their army patrol.
A leading member of the Muslim Scholars Association was
gunned down in Alexandria after meeting with Prime Minister al Maliki.
Police found the bodies
of two people who were shot dead in Mussayab on Saturday.
officer was killed in Kut.
At least 10
dumped bodies were discovered in Baghdad and Kirkuk.
Also, sewage workers in Karbala accidentally discovered a mass
grave containing the remains of over 100 people. It is believed the killings
took place during an intifada that followed the Gulf War.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis