Updated at 12:10 a.m. EST, Jan. 18, 2007
Bombings have been preferred method of attack during this week’s surge in violence.
Today alone, at least 87 Iraqis were killed and another 117 wounded in several
incidents. Military authorities also announced the death
of an American sailor from non-combat-related causes. A British
soldier was injured in Basra. Also, Shi’ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
the arrests of 400 members of the Mahdi Militia.
the increasing violence on the threat of an Iraqi/U.S. security crackdown in
the coming weeks. Prime Minister al-Maliki instead believes
that Sunnis, angered by the execution of Saddam, are behind the attacks.
sailor at Camp Bucca was killed in an unspecified but non-combat related
manner. Also, Sudan complained that
U.S. troops forcibly raided their embassy in Baghdad and U.S. troops killed
two people in Khalis.
In Basra, a British
soldier was injured in a Katyusha rocket attack on his base. British troops
also clashed with militants; two
gunmen and eight
civilians were wounded in the crossfire.
Baghdad was plagued with bomb explosions during the morning rush hour. Three
coordinated bombs exploded at a marketplace in the Doura area, killing
10 and wounding 30 others. Another four
people were killed and 15 wounded during a remote-controlled bomb attack
on Saadoun Street. Three
were killed and 17 injured in a bus terminal explosion in southeastern Baghdad.
Another bomb exploded at a police station in eastern Baghdad; two
were killed and four injured in that attack. Two mortar rounds fell on Azamiyah,
civilians and wounding 13 others. Another mortar fell in the Abu Atsheer;
woman was killed and a man wounded.
Also, gunmen killed
one police officer and injured a second near the al Shaab stadium. In the
al Fahhama district, gunmen and Iraqi troops clashed; two
gunmen were killed and four wounded. And 27
dumped bodies were recovered throughout the city.
A suicide bomb attack at a Mosul marketplace left one
civilian dead and six others injured. In a separate incident, a hand grenade
one police officer and injured a second at a checkpoint. Also, gunmen attacked
a wedding procession and shot two
people to death. A mosque
preacher was also gunned down. And nine
bodies were found scattered in town.
Gunmen in Iskandariya killed
three people and wounded another at a police checkpoint. A body
was also found.
officers were wounded in Samarra.
In Kifil, gunmen wounded
a civilian driver.
Iraqi police police seized
83 crude oil trucks in Tikrit.
Iraqi soldiers killed
three militia members in unspecified locations.
Five bodies belonging to
militia men were found in Balad Ruz.
In Baquba, four
bodies were delivered to the morgue.
Gunmen attacked a health center in Tawakal, injuring
four women and a child.
people, including three policemen, were injured by a roadside bomb in Mahmudiya.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis