Updated at 12:40 a.m EDT, April 11, 2007
from violence has definitively ended. At least 74 Iraqis were killed or
found dead, and another 115 Iraqis were wounded, mostly today . Also, four
U.S. soldiers were killed in separate incidents yesterday. Meanwhile 16
GIs were wounded and two U.S. helicopters were hit by gunfire in today's clashes..
U.S. soldiers were killed in a double bombing in Baghdad yesterday; a
roadside bomb was followed immediately by a secondary explosion during the incident.
soldier was killed in combat in the Anbar province. These deaths bring
the tally for April to 45 American deaths. About five servicemembers are
dying on a daily basis. If this rate continues, April will be the deadliest month
since March of 2003, when the war began.
In in central Baghdad’s Fadl district,
two U.S. helicopters were hit
by small gunfire today but returned to base safely. Witnesses say that helicopters
were bombing buildings where gunmen were located. Clashes between U.S.-Iraqi forces
and gunmen left at
least 20 dead and 30 injured. Women and children were among the casualties.
The U.S. military reported that one child and four Iraqi soldiers were killed,
GIs were wounded.
British troops in Basra came under attack during
a search operation. Two
gunmen were hit and a policeman was killed during the clash. At least 11
civilians were wounded in the crossfire.
Elsewhere in the capital,
a bomb near Baghdad University killed
six people and wounded 11 others. One
boy was killed and 17 more were injured when mortars landed on their secondary
school on Palestine Street. Three
residents of the Bayaa area were injured by mortar fire. A mortar shell killed
one person and injured another in the Rashad neighborhood. Also, nine
dumped bodies were recovered.
suicide bomber detonated her cargo at a police station in Muqdadiyah where
she killed 17
people and wounded 33 others. Many were police recruits, but some civilians
were among the injured. Five
Iraqi soldiers were killed in a separate explosion.
A bomb planted
in a Hilla home killed two
civilians and wounded four others from the same family.
unidentified bodies were found in Fallujah. A member
of the local council was also killed.
bodies were found in Mosul yesterday. Today, a U.S. helicopter fired upon
a house, injuring
bodies bearing gunshot wounds and torture marks were found near Kirkuk in
the town of Rashad.
was shot dead on his way to work in Kirkuk.
militant was killed and 12 suspects were arrested in Haditha.
in Diwaniya was lifted, as well as the one
in Najaf. However, two Shi’ite groups in Diwaniyah are said
to still be battling each other for control of the region.
by Margaret Griffis