Updated at 12:50 a.m. EST, Mar. 23, 2007
At least 51 Iraqis
were killed or found dead today and 42 were wounded during light violence.
Three American servicemen were killed in separate incidents as well. Also,
rocked a building where UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Nuri
al-Maliki were giving a press conference.
The U.S. military reported that
soldier and a Marine
were killed in separate hostile fire attacks in Anbar province yesterday.
was shot dead in the capital. During security operations, U.S. troops freed
three hostages and arrested
Basra was placed
under curfew after clashes erupted in the southern city. The mayor’s
house was among the places attacked by gunmen. The clashes appear
to have broken out between groups from the Mahdi Army and Shi’ite Fadhila
Party. Twelve militiamen were
injured. In a possibly separate incident, gunmen attacked the home of a women’s’
activist and killed
The Iraqi Army reported killing
16 suspects and detaining 198 during security operations throughout Iraq over
the last 48 hours.
In Baghdad, four
people were wounded during a series of blasts in the Ur neighborhood. A mortar
five in al-Shurta. Two
policemen were injured during security operations. One
policeman was killed by a bomb blast in the Zaafaraniya area. In the Doura
civilians were killed and another injured when gunmen opened fire on them.
A bomb killed
an Iraqi soldier and injured two others in Amariyah, and in a separate incident
nearby a civilian
was wounded in a bomb blast. One
civilian was killed and three injured in crossfire during clashes between
gunmen and Iraqi soldiers in Fadhil. Also, 25
bodies were recovered off the city streets; most were likely the victims of
In Kirkuk, a car bomb killed
one and injured seven others.
On a road south of Kirkuk, two
civilians were shot and killed during an attack.
of a kidnapped woman who was a Baquba city official was found; gunmen had
stormed her home last night.
At the al-Shuaabia jail, west of Basra, a
riot broke out; five
prisoners were injured.
A booby-trapped car was defused
in Mosul before it could harm anyone.
out in Diwaniyah after 15
police officers were kidnapped.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis