Updated at 11:29 p.m. EDT, April 18, 2007
A series of coordinated
bomb attacks shook Baghdad hours after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said that
security would be in Iraqi hands by the end of the year. Overall, at least 312
people were killed and 302 wounded throughout Iraq. One
American soldier died yesterday of non-battle releated injuries.
Baghdad, one truck bomb killed
140 people and wounded 150 more in the mostly Shi’ite Sadriya neighborhood.
A second bomb killed 41 and wounded
76 in Sadr City. In Karrada, the third bomb killed
11 and wounded 13 more. Two
were killed and eight wounded in a checkpoint bombing in Saidiya. And, a bomb
in a mini-bus in Risafi killed
four and wounded six people.
Also in the capital, gunmen
killed a police major who also worked a security detail for the Speaker of
Parliament. Four policemen were
killed and six civilians wounded during an attack by gunmen in central Baghdad.
Mortars in Amil wounded
three civilians. And, 15
dumped bodies were recovered.
decomposed bodies were retrieved from a school in Ramadi. Yesterday, 17 bodies
had been discovered.
bomber injured seven people southwest of Mosul at al-Ghayah. Two
brothers were killed and a policeman was wounded in a gunbattle in central
Mosul. Mortars rained on a security checkpoing where they injured
eight people. Two
people were killed, three wounded in a roadside bomb attack. An explosive
senior Iraqi army officer and wounded three soldiers. Also, eight
bodies were found in Mosul.
bomber killed two policemen and wounded four people, including two civilians,
and a soldier were wounded during multiple checkpoint attacks in Tal Afar.
In a drive-by shooting in Kirkuk, a judge
and his wife and son were wounded. Four
bodies, one beheaded, were found in separate locations.
son of the Interior Minister and his two bodyguards were killed in Baiji.
killed soldier and kidnapped two civilians in Khalis.
farmers died of injuries they received in a U.S. attack in Al Bo Asi Al Abagiyah
bodies were found in separate locations near Baquba.
civilians were injured in Khanaqeen.
of three kidnapped workers were found in Hawija.
The Basra homes of
three Fadhila party members were attacked
by bombs, but no casualties were reported.
Mortars landed on the U.S. base
in Haditha, but no
casualties were reported. A U.S. vehicle was damaged
in a blast in Fallujah.
people were injured on Tuesday when a roadside bomb struck an ambulance near
During U.S. military raids in Taji, one
suspect was killed and eight others were detained. Near Garma, five
suspects were killed and 18 arrested. The Iraq army killed
six suspects and captured 126 others during operations throughout the country.
gunmen were killed in Muqdadiya. Combined U.S.-Iraqi forces killed
23 gunmen during security operations in Diyala.
Also, the governor
of Karbala warns
that armed groups are poised on the western borders of the province.
by Margaret Griffis