Updated at 5:45 p.m. EST, Jan. 17, 2007
This morning, the United Nations released
its figures on civilian deaths for last year. They estimate that in 2006
over 34,000 civilian Iraqis were killed in sectarian violence. Today alone
though, 143 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 269 were wounded.
Also, the U.S. military reported that a roadside bomb killed
four American soldiers in Ninevah province yesterday.
In Baghdad, at
least 70 people were killed and 132
injured when a double bombing took place at Mustansiriya University;
many of the students killed were women. The first explosion took place when
a car bomb was set off at a location where students wait for minibuses to take
them home. The second occurred when a suicide bomber attacked people fleeing
the first explosion.
Another twin bombing took place near a Sunni mosque in central Baghdad. There,
were killed and another 70 were wounded. In the Karrada district, another
car bomb killed
two policemen and two civilians and 10
other people were wounded. In Sadr City, a bomb planted on a bus killed
six and injured at least 11 others. Ten
were injured when mortars fell in the Adil district. Several
other bombs were discovered in the capital before they could be detonated.
In other events in Baghdad, 25
dumped bodies were discovered overnight. Twelve
people were killed and 27 injured in a drive-by shooting not far from Mustansiriya
guard at the al-Sabah newspaper was shot dead. Gunmen attempting an attack
on a girls’ school in the Washash neighborhood were repelled by guards; one
guard was injured. Also, combined U.S. and Iraqi forces sealed
off several neighborhoods for unspecified reasons; one
suspected militant was killed in a raid.
Two Christian brothers and
an auto mechanic were killed in Mosul. A body
was also found.
In Kirkuk, a roadside bomb killed
one civilian and wounded four people including two policemen; a police colonel
survived the blast.
people were wounded in Baquba in a roadside bomb attack against a police
commander’s motorcade; he was not injured.
was shot dead in Hawija.
A bus driver
was killed when gunmen attacked a bus terminal in Jibila.
Two bodies were recovered
of people have been displaced in Diyala province due to recent combined
U.S./Iraqi anti-militia operations in the area.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis