Updated at 11:35 a.m. EST, Mar. 31, 2007
At least 239
Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another 427 were wounded in violent
incidents. Although attacks continued in Baghdad and Iskandariya, today’s violence
focused on areas where al-Qaeda operatives are believed to be active. An
American soldier and an American contractor were killed by a random rocket
shot into the Green Zone; five
others were wounded. Eight
American soldiers were also wounded during an attack in Garma that left 15
Twin truck bombs killed
at least 152 people and wounded 347 more in central Tal Afar, near the Syrian
border. Gunmen tried to ambush ambulances ferrying the wounded to hospitals.
Ramadi, a suicide
truck bomber attacked a roadside restaurant where he killed
17 patrons and wounded 32 others. In Ramadi, a suicide
one person and injured seven others. Tribesmen in the area have allied themselves
against al-Qaeda operatives.
people were killed during two explosions in Abu Ghraib suburb of Baghdad.
One appeared to be a suicide
bombing, while the other was a rocket-propelled grenade attack against the
nephew of the outspoken leader of the Sunni Muslim Scholars’ Association. Harith
al-Dari was killed and a companion was injured. Al-Dari was also the son of
Sheikh Thahir al-Dari, who is the head of the same tribe to which Deputy Prime
Minister Salam al-Zubaie belongs. Al-Zubaie barely escaped an assassination attempt
on his life last week. The tribe is known for being against al-Qaeda, and relatives
of al-Dari blamed al-Qaeda. An unspecified
number of attackers were also killed.
In Baghdad, 15
corpses were recovered from city streets. Four
people were killed and 15 wounded during a mortar attack in Abu Dsheer. Mortars
also fell in Kadhamiya where they injured
four people. A policeman
was killed and two more were wounded during a roadside bomb attack in southeastern
Baghdad. An Iraqi
soldier was killed and two more were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Ghazaliya.
In al-Maalif, a bomb injured
four civilians. In Zayouna, gunmen killed
a police lieutenant working in the serious crimes unit. A car
bomber was shot and killed at an unspecified location before he could detonate
his payload. Three
security personnel were wounded during security operations. Also, a bomb exploded
in Bob al-Moadam, resulting in no
U.S. forces raided the Kufa home of an aide to Shi’ite
cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Two
civilians were killed and three wounded in possible crossfire during clashes
that followed the raid.
bodies were found in Diwaniya.
three people in Ishaqi.
government employees were killed in a drive-by shooting in Mosul, and a roadside
two guards working for the municipal council. A student
was gunned down near the university.
British targets in Basra came
under daily attack again, but no
casualties were reported.
elderly Chaldean nuns, who were also sisters, were stabbed to death in their
Kirkuk home; one was 79, the other 85-years-old. Two
boys were injured by a roadside bomb near their school.
people were killled in Iskandariya when gunmen opened fire on a funeral procession.
Shi'ites planted bombs in a Sunni mosque; about an hour after the bombs exploded
clashes between militant groups left
four Sunnis dead and one Shi'ite wounded.
A U.S. combat post was attacked
west of Baghdad in Garma on Monday. Fifteen
gunmen were killed and eight
GIs were wounded.
Iraqi soldiers were injured during a U.S. air strike in al-Hwaider.
casualties were reported in Baquba despite a suicide bomb attack and shelling.
by Margaret Griffis