Updated at 11:29 a.m. EDT, April, 13, 2007
A bomb at the Iraqi
Parliament building in the fortified Green Zone and another on a major bridge
shook Baghdad today and underscored weaknesses in the security crackdown. Overall,
at least 53 Iraqis were killed and 107 injured during violent attacks today.
GI was killed when his patrol was attacked with smalls arms fire north of
Baghdad. Another U.S.
soldier died from non-combat related causes.
In a daring attack, a suicide
bomber detonated a bomb inside the Iraqi Parliament’s cafeteria. One
lawmaker was killed in the blast. At least 22
were injured. The Parliament is inside the Green Zone, which is a heavily
fortified area in central Baghdad. Another
lawmaker was injured in a separate incident, when gunmen opened fire upon
him as he was headed to Parliament.
The Sarafiya bridge connecting the
neighborhoods of Wazariyah and Utifiyah in northern Baghdad collapsed when a suicide
truck bomb was detonated on it. At
least 11 people were killed. Two
people are still missing and 39 were injured. Police and frogmen searched
the waters below for as many as 20 people who had fallen into Tigris River. The
river bisects the capital and the bridge was one of several important connections
between the two halves.
Elsewhere in Baghdad, two separate but nearly simultaneous
roadside bombs in the Hurriyah district injured
two civilians and damaged a U.S. humvee. One
person was killed and another injured during a mortar attack in the Shurta
area. A separate mortar injured
one person in the Jihad neighborhood. In Wazariyah, gunmen shot
a civilian dead. Gunmen killed
one and injured another in Saidiya. A roadside bomb in Karrada killed
one and wounded five others. Gunmen killed
one guard and wounded a second guard who works for the former justice minister.
dumped bodies were scattered around the capital.
A bomb near a bus
in Kirkuk killed
six passengers and injured 19 more. Gunmen killed
a man and wounded two others. Also, a convoy belonging to the head of the
Joint Iraqi-U.S. Coordination Centre of Kirkuk was blasted by a roadside bomb;
guards were wounded in the incident.
In Mosul, a gunman
and a guard were killed during an attack on a bus carrying civil servants.
was killed in a separate incident. Also, four
people were injured and two buildings destroyed in a car bomb attack.
U.S. forces killed
three people and injured scores in Haditha. Later, mortar rounds were fired
at a U.S. base.
Gunmen fired upon the Sunni Islamic Party offices in Iskandariya;
guard was injured.
Near the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, gunmen
of an abducted policeman was discovered in Kut.
an Iraqi soldier in Hawija.
guards were wounded when gunmen attacked a motorcade belonging to a police
The Baquba hospital received four
bodies belonging to policemen and two injured persons who were in a roadside
bomb attack directed at a police patrol. Two
more people were injured in a separate roadside bomb.
The British bases
in Basra received indirect fire, but no
injuries resulted from the attack.
In the Tahrir region, militants killed
TV anchor Iman Youssef Abdullah and her husband then set fire to the bodies.
Afar was placed
under a curfew after bomb threats were made.
Clashes between gunmen and
Compiled by Margaret Griffis