Updated at 12:40 a.m. EDT, Apr. 5, 2007
At least 54 Iraqis
were killed or found dead today and another 52 were wounded in attacks.
In three separate incidents, 48 more people have been kidnapped,
and Baghdad’s overnight curfew was eased
by two hours beginning today. Also, the Dept. of Defense announced that three
more Americans soldiers were killed.
American soldier died today from small arms fire in a southern part of the
capital, while another GI
died in an eastern neighborhood. A third
soldier died yesterday from wounds he had received in a roadside bomb attack
last September in Baghdad.
people were snatched from a fake checkpoint northeast of Baghdad near al-Nai
village. In Latifiya, there is confusion over a mass kidnapping, but at least
six people were
abducted . Also, 22 shepherds were kidnapped
from Nikhaib, and their flocks were stolen.
took place near Ramadi. The U.S. responded with an air strike that targeted
four houses; 12
were killed and 15 wounded in the attack.
Near Hawija, 11
electrical workers were machine-gunned to death after gunmen stopped their
mini-bus on a highway.
In Baghdad, authorities are taking advantage of
increased security to shrink
the number of hours Baghdad’s residents are required to stay off the streets.
Meanwhile, a soccer coach escaped
an assassination attempt after publicly complaining about violence. A car bomb
in the Sadr City district killed
one and wounded five; the area received mortar fire immediately following
the blast. A motorist
was killed in a drive-by shooting. Mortars fell in al-Obeidi where they injured
two people and in Shurta where they wounded
three persons. Two
more people were injured by mortar fire in Jihad and Resala. In Jamiya, a
car bomb wounded
four people near a wholesale market. And, nine
dumped bodies were found.
Near Baquba 10
people were killed, four policemen and six gunmen, during an attack on a police
patrol and subsequent clash. Gunmen randomly shot at people in the Kobat area;
one person was killed
and seven, mostly children, were injured.
guards were wounded when a roadside bomb blasted the Mosul chief of police’s
motorcade. In a separate roadside bomb attack, a policeman
was killed and a civilian wounded.
West of Kut, a roadside bomb killed
two Iraqi soldiers and wounded three others yesterday.
fell in Khalis where they killed
a woman and injured three others, including a four-year-old boy.
bodyguards were wounded during a roadside bomb attack on the Ninewah police
Iraqi soldier was killed in Fallujah, while the U.S. base there was showered
with mortar shells. Also, a Saddam-era army officer
was gunned down as he was driving through central Fallujah.
was stabbed to death in Hilla.
bullet-riddled and decapitated bodies were fished out of the Tigris at Suwara.
The Iraqi Army reported arresting
59 suspects in different locations throughout the country. U.S. captured
another nine people, and 128 were detained
in an event north of Baghdad.
In Diwaniya, a Coalition base received
mortar fire while a U.S. patrol came under fire east of the city.
by Margaret Griffis