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January 26, 2007
Friday: 84 Iraqis, 1 GI Killed; 130 Iraqis Injured

Updated at 1:05 a.m. EST, Jan. 27, 2007

Although Fridays are the Muslim prayer day and generally quiet, several bombs rocked the capital today. Overall, 84 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another 130 were injured in various attacks throughout Iraq. Also, a Marine was killed in combat today in Anbar province.

In Coalition news, the British bases in Basra were attacked with mortar rounds, and a roadside bomb blasted a British vehicle; no casualties were reported in either event. A police source reported that U.S. warplanes bombed Loqmaniya; three civilian villagers were killed and three more wounded. Also, a woman was killed when she was caught in crossfire between U.S. forces and snipers on a bridge crossing the Euphrates at Hit.

In Baghdad, a bomb left in a pigeon carrier killed 15 people and injured 66 others at the Souq al-Ghazl pet market. In the Amil district, a roadside bomb wounded two people. Another roadside bomb in nearby Bayaa injured two more people, outside a mosque. Police detonated another bomb in a controlled explosion; no injuries were reported but several storefronts were damaged. And, a suicide car bomber attacked a checkpoint in central Baghdad; two Iraqi soldiers were killed and 14 wounded in the incident.

Elsewhere in Baghdad, seven bodies were discovered; they were bound, blindfolded and shot in the head. At least another 25 bodies were found as well. A well-known Iraqi boxer was found dead several days after he was kidnapped. Also, clashes between police and gunmen took place in several neighborhoods.

In Guba, a suburb of Mosul, a suicide bomber killed seven people and injured 17 others as they were exiting a mosque after Friday prayer service. Two policemen were injured in a blast directed at their patrol. Police foiled a kidnapping attempt on a female university student.

Three people were killed and 20 wounded during mortar attacks in villages near Muqdadiyah. The head of Muqdadiyah committee, Raad Abid Jasim Al Timimi, was injured in an assassination attempt. Four bodies, believed to belong to residents of nearby Zhirat village, were found on a rural road near town.

A former Baath Party member and an interpreter were killed in separate events in Kut. Also mortars fell on an Iraqi army base; six were killed and two were wounded.

Near Hawija the headless body of a kidnap victim was recovered.

In a village south of Kirkuk, a bullet-riddled body was found. At least one other body was found. Also, a roadside bomb wounded a policeman.

At least two gunmen were killed in Baquba.

Police killed two brothers in Khalis.

A blast struck a mosque in Tal Afar, but no casualties were reported.

An armed group in the Diyala province has issued a death sentence against a journalist. Another journalist has been missing for nearly two weeks.

And clashes took place in Ramadi between gunmen and the government-supported Anbar Salvation Council; the number of casualties is unspecified.

 

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

 
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