Updated at 11:51 p.m. EDT, April 23, 2007
At least 107 Iraqis
were killed or found dead today and 161 Iraqis were wounded in violent
attacks. Significant bombings took place in Baghdad, Mosul, Ramadi and Baquba.
No foreign casualties were reported. At least 10 GIs and one British soldier
were killed in separate attacks, including a bold suicide bombing in Diyala.
American soldiers were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide
car bombing at a U.S. base in Diyala province. Immediately following the car bombing,
gunfire kept the soldiers pinned down in an area where fuel containers were set
ablaze by the blast. Also, one
American soldier was blasted to death by a roadside bomb in Muqdadiyah.
Meanwhile, one British
soldier was shot to death, and in a separate event, six
British soldiers were wounded during shelling, also in Basra.
also opened fire on U.S. troops installing cement barricades in the Ur neighborhood
in Baghdad. No
casualties were reported, but the barricades have been a source of controversy
over the last several days. Six men were
arrested in a possibly related incident. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has
construction of the security barriers stopped. In the Habibiya district, a roadside
bomb targeted a U.S convoy. As the convoy withdrew, troops fired randomly on the
civilian was killed and 19 injured. Near Damascus Square, another U.S. convoy
was attacked; one
policeman was injured.
Elsewhere in Baghdad, a suicide
bomber attacked a restaurant near the entrance to the heavily fortified Green
people were killed and 14 wounded. A few minutes later, a nearby car bomb
killed one person
and injured four across the street from the Iranian embassy; the embassy was
untouched, but many cars were damaged. Later, a bomb down the street injured
two policemen. A roadside bomb in Jamaa injured
one civilian. Gunmen in Saidiya randomly shot
dead one person and wounded three others yesterday. On Sadoun Street, two
policemen were injured in a clash with gunmen. Gunmen also burned a mosque
in Baiyaa. Mortars fell on Jisr Diyala, killing
one and injuring two others. Also, 15
dumped bodies were recovered.
Three coordinated car bombs in Ramadi
19 people and wounded 30 near a market and restaurant in a western neighborhood.
At a gathering of senior police officials in Baquba, a suicide
car bomber killed
10 policemen and wounded 23 more; the chief of police was killed in the attack.
An office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party near Mosul was the target of a suicide
car bomber; at least 10
were killed and 20 wounded.
Five men were seen planting explosives
in Khalis; during an ensuing battle one
was killed and four detained. The dead man was Al-Qaeda leader Jamal al-Ali.
During clashes that erupted in the Blour area, north of Muqdadiyah, three
gunmen were killed, and the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq group was
In Mosul, gunmen killed
a colonel from the traffic police. Also, a roadside bomb blasted a police
one and injuring four others.
A roadside bomb near Mahaweel injured
of three police officers who were kidnapped on Sunday were found in Shirqat.
In Iskandariya, gunmen attacked a police patrol, killing
one and injuring a second officer; man
and a girl were killed on Sunday.
The chief of police in Babel survived
an assassination attempt.
and a student were wounded by a cluster bomb left over from a recent war.
people were injured when a booby-trapped car exploded in Hilla.
two people who were related, and police found a body.
A hummer was also damaged.
Diyala, the civil defense headquarters were attacked and destroyed; four
were killed and 25 injured. A member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan was
In Maqal yesterday, gunmen killed
three women and injured a fourth.
heading home to Garma was killed.
Three U.S. vehicles were destroyed
in Kut, but no
casualties were reported.
A U.S. hummer was damaged
in an explosion in Haqlaniyah.
Gunmen fired upon a convoy transporting a
Karbala council chairman and the deputy mayor; both men survived
the assassination attempt.
The Iraqi army reported killing
seven suspects in different locations throughout the country.
the Yazidi religious group is asking
the Iraqi government and international organizations for protection after yesterday’s
massacre of 23 Yazidis in Mosul.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis