Updated at 11:00 p.m EST, Dec. 28, 2006
As millions of Muslims began the annual hajj
pilgrimage to Mecca, 80 Iraqis were killed and another 110 wounded
in violent attacks throughout Iraq today. Also, two American servicemembers
were killed and another two were reported dead, bringing the December
total of U.S. dead in Iraq to 102 servicemembers.
A roadside bomb blasted a pair of American soldiers conducting a security
patrol on foot; one
soldier was killed, the other injured. A Marine
was killed in action in Anbar province as well. The Dept of Defense
also reported that a soldier
was killed on Dec. 25 in when he was struck by an improvised explosive
device and a Marine
was killed on Dec. 26 while conducting combat operations in Anbar. And
in Hit, U.S. forces rescued
two kidnap victims. Also, witnesses reported
seeing a U.S. helicopter crash in Baquba, but no casualties have been reported.
In Baghdad, 41
unidentified bodies were discovered. Twelve
people were killed and 26 wounded when a car bomb exploded at a petrol station
near the Shaab stadium. A pair of car bombs killed
nine and wounded 43 in the central Baghdad neighborhood of Bab al Sharji.
Also, a bomb targeting a police patrol in western Baghdad killed
two civilians instead. In Southern Baghdad, two
more people were killed by a roadside and four
In Kirkuk, gunmen wearing army uniforms shot
dead a policeman and wounded a second officer.
soldiers were gunned down and another wounded in Tikrit.
Gunmen in Baquba killed
a police captain and wounded two other officers in a drive-by shooting.
A roadside bomb wounded
three Hawija policemen.
Near the Iranian border at Qazaniya, a bomb killed
an Iraqi soldier.
At a police checkpoint in Balad, gunmen killed
three three Iraqi troops and wounded eight people, including three civilians.
In Mosul, the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party were blasted by a
car bomb; two
were killed and 19 wounded. Three
dumped bodies were also found.
Gunmen stormed the home of a police officer in Ramadi and shot everyone inside:
woman and a police officer was killed; two children and a male were injured.
person was killed and three were injured when they were blasted by a roadside
bomb in Mahmudiya.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis