Updated at 12:25 a.m. EDT, April 16, 2007
A second day of heavy
violence gripped Iraq. At least 109 Iraqis were killed or found dead today
and another 173 were wounded in attacks. Another 36 people were kidnapped
in three separate events. Also, military sources reported the deaths of five
U.S. and two British servicemembers in separate incidents. The Britons died
in a helicopter crash; in an unrelated incident, a U.S.
helicopter was struck by gunfire.
The U.S. military announced that
was killed during a small arms attack today in southern Baghdad. A Marine
died yesterday during combat operations in Anbar province. Another servicemember
was killed yesterday, south of Baghdad, when a roadside bomb blew up near
a foot patrol. A soldier on pass in Qatar died
from non-combat related causes yesterday. And, a fifth
U.S. servicemember died in a roadside bomb attack in Southern Iraq on Friday.
British soldiers were killed in an accidental helicopter crash. A U.S. helicopter
made a "precautionary
landing" after being struck by gunfire; the passengers were unhurt.
people were kidnapped from a fake checkpoint near Fallujah. Another
eight were taken from a fake checkpoint in Baquba, and 17
were abducted at another phony checkpoint, this one in Hibhib.
dumped bodies were found. Two coordinated car bombs at the al Shurta marketplace
17 people and wounded 50 others. Another car bomb killed
9 and wounded 17 in the Karrada area; later, two more bombs killed
another five and wounded 27 in the central Baghdad district. In the Kadhimiya
neighborhood, a suicide bomber
killed at least eight and wounded 11 on a small bus. A bomb in Doura wounded
one civilian. Three
policemen were wounded in an bombing in Jadiriyah.
people were killed and 16 wounded when two oil trucks driven by suicide
bombers exploded outside an Iraqi base near Mosul. Two car bombs in town killed
two civilians and wounded 17 more. Three
gunmen were killed in separate incidents, while a former Iraqi army officer
survived an attempt on his life.
of six fuel tank drivers, one an Iranian, were found in Diyala province.
In a drive-by shooting in the city of Baji, a police
colonel and policeman were killed, two more senior officers were wounded.
were found in Khalidiya; they bore gunshot and torture wounds.
of a local al Qaeda leader was found in Ramadi.
The Iraqi army reported
militants and injured 17 others in different areas of the country.
civilians were injured when a U.S. patrol was repelling and attack on them
An assassination attempt on the border director of Salah ad
Din province resulted in the
deaths of two policemen and injury to a third officer.
of four policemen were found in Fallujah. In a village south of town, clashes
broke out between Iraqi police and gunmen.
caught planting explosives in Hilla was killed by U.S. troops.
Ba’ath Party member
was killed in an explosion in Amara.
Also, residents of Basra are engaged
in panicked buying of supplies ahead of large-scale protests scheduled for Monday.
person was killed and three were wounded in crossfire between gunmen and British
gunmen were also killed.
soldier was attacked and killed south of Kirkuk.
by Margaret Griffis