Updated at 12:50 a.m. EST, March. 22, 2007
After a couple of days
of elevated violence, attacks have tapered off a bit. However, at least 72
Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another 88 were wounded. No foreigners
were reported killed.
U.S. forces in Taji killed
five gunmen, detained three and destroyed an alleged bomb making facility.
Bahaa al-Araji, a member of parliament and the al-Sadr political movement, said
U.S. troops raided his office in Kadhamiya where they took a pistol, rifle and
computer card. The police chief in Khalis was detained
by U.S. forces.
In Baghdad, Iraq security forces detonated a truck bomb
in a controlled explosion which still managed to injure
12 people, including soldiers, and collapse
part of a major highway. A roadside bomb injured
three policemen in the Zayouna neighborhood. A pair of roadside bombs injured
four people on Palestine Street. The body
of an al-Nahrain TV producer was discovered at the morgue; he had been tortured.
dumped bodies were discovered throughout the capital.
throughout Mosul on Tuesday. A suicide bomber killed
five and wounded 40 at the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
In the evening, a car bomb injured
two police officers.
eight people and wounded 18 others in Madaen.
bodies belong to police commandos and bearing gunshot wounds were found in
Diwaniya. A policeman
was killed and eight people, including civilians were wounded during clashes
with gunmen. A body
was also found.
In Fallujah, a former
army brigadier and his friend were killed in a drive-by shooting.
Two bombs were planted near the homes of two Hilla policemen; although the bombs
causes property damage no
one was injured in the assassination attempts.
was wounded during security operations in Basra.
The editor the al-Safir
daily newspaper succumbed, on Friday, to wounds received on Feb. 11 outside his
home in Baghdad. He died
at a hospital in Jordan.
policemen were killed when a motorcycle bomb exploded in Haditha.
is under a complete
bodies belonging to Mehdi Army members who were kidnapped three days ago were
Also, armed groups have banned
the use of satellite dishes in Muqdadiyah and are removing them while threatening
residents. And, the Iraqi Red Crescent released
a report that over 10,000 families have moved to Wassit Province since February
in order to avoid violence elsewhere.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis