Updated at 12:25 a.m. EST, Mar. 6, 2007
Although violence was
lighter today, pilgrims traveling to Karbala for the Arbain observance continued
to be targeted. Overall, at least 96 Iraqis were reported killed or found dead
and 104 were injured during separate attacks. Also, three
American soldiers were killed when they came across a roadside bomb while
on patrol northwest of Baghdad.
Arbain marks the 40th day of
mourning following the Ashura holiday, which commemorates the death and martyrdom
of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. The observance is important to Shi’ite Muslims
and is one of the distinctions that separate them from Sunni Muslims.
suicide bomber in Balad Ruz struck at a cafe where he killed
at least 33 people and injured 35 more.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb
pilgrims and wounded 14 in Doura. In a separate bombing at a police checkpoint,
were killed and 25
wounded. Gunmen killed
at least one pilgrim and wounded three in central Baghdad. In southern Baghdad,
pilgrims were shot dead and 10 wounded in an ambush there. The Iraqi army
and arrested 157 militia members during security operations. Also, U.S. forces
off explosives that gunmen had planted in a primary school; no one was injured.
In Fallujah, four
bodies were found downtown. Also, unidentified gunmen attacked an Iraqi military
base, but the number of casualties, if any, is unknown.
a police officer and his 10-year-old son in Diwaniya during a drive-by shooting
Near Dujail, gunmen killed
four Shi’ites and wounded a fifth yesterday.
Police in Karbala foiled
two car bomb attempts.
was wounded in Basra when he attacked British targets.
In Mosul, one
gunmen was killed during clashes with Iraqi soldiers.
Shi'ites were killed and 13 wounded when mortars fell on them in Iskandariya.
policemen were wounded when a bomb blasted their patrol in Kirkuk.
by Margaret Griffis