Updated at 1:00 a.m. EDT, May 9, 2007
At least 114 Iraqis were
killed or found dead today and 127 more were wounded thanks to ongoing
violence. The mass
abduction of 30 people was also reported. A significant bombing took place
in Kufa, while U.S. forces bombed a school in Mandali. Southeast of Baghdad, two
GIs were killed and another wounded in a roadside bomb attack.
news, a report by the organization Save The Children noted
that the child mortality rate has increased faster in Iraq than anywhere else
in the world. One in eight children now die before they reach the age of five.
In Kufa, a suicide
bomber drove a minibus into an open-air marketplace, killing
at least 45 people and wounding 80 others. The Shi’ite city is a stronghold
of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Entrances to the city and nearby Najaf were closed,
and casualties are expected rise.
Thirty people were kidnapped
at a fake checkpoint in Diyala province.
U.S. helicopters shelled
a school in Mandali, near the Iranian border. Seven
schoolchildren were killed and three injured in the attack.
unidentified bodies were dumped in various locations. The corpses
of three of the minister of Higher Education’s bodyguards were found; their
had been killed during the kidnapping yesterday. An Interior
Ministry officer was killed on his way to work. In Shaab, a bomb was detonated
in a controlled explosion; no
one was injured. In Husseiniya, a bomb blew up without
causing injuries. A traffic
cop was killed in Waziriya. An American patrol was targeted by a bomb in Saidiya,
casualties were reported. Five
civilians were wounded in a bombing in northeastern Baghdad.
four civilians at a leather factory in the Za’afaraniya area, a car exploded
at a nearby petrol station, and a roadside bomb killed
three and injured five more on a minibus in the same area.
least seven bodies were discovered in and around Fallujah; five belonged
to council members. Three cell phone towers were blown
A suicide bomber targeting a Khanaqin police station killed
two policemen and wounded 23 others, including 10 civilians.
killed two and
wounded ten today in Iskandariya. Yesterday, gunmen killed
two people and wounded three others.
British forces injured
two civilians while firing upon them in separate incidents in Basra.
One kidnap victim was rescued.
is in effect in Hit, but no reasons were given for it.
At the Jalwla’a
police station, a suicide bomber killed
three police officers and wounded 11 more.
officer was killed in Mosul. The state-owned water company director
policemen were wounded when a bomb blasted them.
truck drivers were kidnapped on a highway between Baghdad and Kirkuk.
On the Iranian border at Syakouz, two
checkpoint guards were killed.
The Iraq Army reported killing
seven suspects and arresting 115 others in unspecified locations. Two
Iraqi soldiers were also killed and two were wounded. U.S. forces detained
13 more suspects.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis