Updated at 12:45 a.m. EDT, May 5, 2007
Violent activity was elevated
for a Friday. At least 71 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 89 Iraqis were
wounded. One foreign fighter identified as an al-Qaeda leader was killed as
well. Also, the U.S. military today reported that five U.S. servicemembers
were killed and 11 wounded in separate incidents yesterday and today, and
disclosed the name of a previously unreported GI
soldier was killed and two more wounded when their patrol struck a roadside
bomb south of Baghdad today. Yesterday, another
pair of GIs were killed during combat operations in Anbar Province. A
was killed yesterday, and six more wounded, when their patrol struck a
roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad. A fifth GI
was killed, and three others wounded, when their patrol struck a roadside
bomb in western Baghdad; an Iraqi
interpreter was killed in the incident. The sixth
GI died May 1st of wounds received on April 23 during combat in Anbar
An American patrol also clashed with gunmen today in Baghdad's
Amiriya neighborhood, but no
casualties were reported.
In Baghdad itself, five
policemen were killed and two more wounded during a roadside bomb attack in
the Hay al-Amil neighborhood. In the Doura section, a bomb outside a police station
produced no injuries.
While inspecting the controversial Adhamiya wall, Baghdad governor Hussein al-Tahan
came under sniper fire; one
of his bodyguards was wounded in the attack. Nearby, gunmen killed
two guards at a mosque and set the building ablaze. Mortars fell
on a drinking water fountain in Risala, but did not explode. In the Mansour district,
a woman left a bomb inside a taxi cab; the
driver and a policeman were injured when it went off at a checkpoint. Also,
15 dumped bodies
In Sadr City, clashes took place between followers
of Sadr and followers of Bedr at the latter's offices. Four
guards were injured.
During raids in central Iraq, U.S. troops
gunmen and detained six more. Two
more suspects killed in a May 1st raid in Taji have been identified
as al-Qaeda leaders; they were Sabah Hilal al-Shihawi, a religious adviser, and
Abu Ammar al-Masri, a foreign fighter.
people were killed and 33 wounded during a car bombing in Kirkuk. Only
10 minutes later, two more explosions occurred south of town in Dumez,
two people. Six
police officers were killed by an explosion that occurred outside a policeman’s
dumped bodies were found in Fallujah; four are thought to be brothers.
A car bomb that exploded outside the Mosul home of an army commander injured
him and 13 others, including five members of his family.
civilians were injured during mortar attacks.
two civilians in Khalis.
In Basra province, MNF forces
five gunmen during clashes. British patrols also came under fire, but no casualties
bodies were fished out of the Diyala River at Baquba.
in Najaf after an al-Sadr official was denied entry to the old town part
of the city. Two
policemen were wounded before a curfew restored calm to the city. Also, demonstrations
took place against al-Jazeera television, which recently aired a program that
local residents said
In Hilla, a car bomb killed
one person and wounded 21 outside a mosque that houses a shrine.
in Abu Saida between gunmen and villagers left one
of the gunmen dead. More than 60 families have been displaced
in the area over the last week.
In Kinaan, tribesmen have been fighting
against attackers without government support. At least one
of the tribesmen has been killed and five more injured.
A man was kidnapped
in Shalan Mutlack.
colonel was killed in Shurqat.
Fierce fighting in Diwaniya
soldier dead and
three others wounded. A curfew was imposed.
A police director in Samawa
an assassination attempt.
Near Suwayra, eight
bodies were pulled out of the Tigris River.
In Mahumudiya, mortars
killed on person
and injured three others from the same family.