Updated at 12:07 p.m. EDT, April 15, 2007
An extremely violent
day in Iraq left at least 164 Iraqis dead and 345 injured, with numbers
sure to rise in the coming hours. A bombing at a bus station in Karbala and another
on a bridge in Baghdad had the heaviest tolls; however, numerous attacks occurred
all over the country. At least 26 Iraqis were kidnapped in separate events.
No foreign casualties were reported.
At least 47
were killed and more than 224 wounded during a car bomb attack near the Imam
Hussein shrine in Karbala; earlier reports had the toll at 56 deaths. Hundreds
of grieving people swarmed ambulances and attacked both the governor’s office
and police. Curfews were put in place to prevent further rioting. Four
people were killed during the protests.
In Baghdad, a suicide car bomber
at the Jadriyah bridge downtown killed
35 people and injured at least 50 others. The bridge suffered little damage.
Earlier in the week, another major bridge on the Tigris River was destroyed in
a bomb attack. In Sadr City, one
person was killed and 11 wounded when they drank chlorine tainted water; it
was not clear whether it was sabotage or an accident.
Elsewhere in the
capital, gunmen attacked the western Baghdad home of the head of the largest Sunni
bloc in the parliament; he was not home, but five
guards were injured while repelling the attack. Three
bodyguards were injured in a drive-by shooting on a convoy belonging to the
deputy minister of industry. In a southwestern neighborhood, a
policeman was shot dead. Three
electrical workers were injured by a bomb in a garbage can in Bayaa. One
person was killed and another two injured in a roadside bombing. A second
bomb killed one and injured four in the Sheikh Omar neighborhood. Three
people were injured when a roadside bomb exploded in Yarmouk. Two
gunmen were killed and 129 arrested by Iraqi security forces. Also, 20
dumped corpses were found.
A group linked to al-Qaeda claimed they kidnapped
20 Iraqi soldiers and policemen and demanded that all Iraqi women be released
from prisons. Six farmers were kidnapped
in western Khalis.
In Mosul, a hospital
director and his son were injured when gunmen fired upon their car. Six
bodies were found on Friday. One car bomb resulted
in no injuries. The bodies
of two soldiers were discovered.
motorists were killed and three more wounded during a roadside bombing in
suicide bombers in Kirkuk were killed when one of them set off his explosives
prematurely. A bomb at an Internet cafe injured
British forces killed
eight militants in Basra after watching them plant bombs in the path of a
and a policeman were killed in drive-by shootings in Fallujah and Hilla.
Iraqi soldiers were killed and one injured during clashes with gunmen in Fallujah.
of the nationality office was killed and his eight-year-old son wounded in
a drive-by attack.
policemen and a civilian died in a roadside bombing south of Baghdad.
A mortar round killed
three Iraqi soldiers and wounded four others at a base in Suwayra.
civilian was killed and nine wounded during a roadside bomb attack in Baquba.
colonel and two escorts were killed and eight others were wounded during a
separate roadside bombing.
colonel and two bodyguards escaped an assassination attempt in Kut with only
injuries. Gunmen injured
the former assistant to the Wassit police chief during an attack.
killed one pedestrian
and wounded a second during a shooting in Riyadh.
A sniper killed
a woman in Tal Afar.
a Mussayab policeman.
soldiers were killed and three others wounded during a mortar attack in Samra.
fell once again on a U.S. base in Diwaniya, but no
casualties were reported.
in Banjwin, near the Iranian border between border guards and Kurdistani militants.
of casualties was not reported.
bomber crashed his vehicle into a checkpoint in the western Baiji area, killing
four soldiers and wounding five others.
Compiled by Margaret