Updated at 12:40 a.m. EDT, May 10, 2007
As U.S. Vice President
Cheney paid an unannounced visit to Iraq, an explosion
just outside the Green Zone interrupted his meeting with government officials.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military reported that one
American soldier was killed during a small arms attack in Diyala province;
four other soldiers were wounded as well. And, at least 86 Iraqis were killed
or found dead and 153 Iraqis were injured during ongoing violence, including
a major bombing in Irbil.
In Irbil, 19
people were killed and wounded
more than 123 others during a suicide bombing in the normally peaceful Kurdish
city. The incident occurred
outside the Iraqi government building and was the first attack in three years;
al Qaeda claimed
In Baghdad, one
worker was killed and two were wounded when gunmen attacked them as they were
setting up controversial barriers in the Adhamiya neighborhood. A roadside bomb
police commandos on Palestine Street; police commandos are a different group
from regular police and are feared by many citizens. The director
of the Ministry of Housing and Reconstruction was killed in northern Baghdad.
Also in the capital, an explosion
occurred near the Green Zone; no casualties were reported but people were
forced to take cover in secured buildings. Combined U.S. and Iraqi troops conducted
security operations in Bayaa, while people in Baghdad’s Green Zone are ordered
to wear flak jackets while outdoors or in unfortified buildings due to increased
attacks focused on the area unrelated to today's bombing. And, 21
unidentified bodies were found in various locations.
Iraqi journalists and their driver were killed near Kirkuk after being
dragged from their car and tortured. One was a fairly well known director of a
local media organization, and police believe that their profession was a major
factor in their targeting. The bodies bore deep slash marks.
dumped bodies were recovered in Fallujah.
In Mosul, two
Yazidi men were killed by gunmen; an ongoing sectarian feud begun by the stoning
death of a woman has caused the deaths of dozens belonging to the ancient faith.
In a separate incident, two
people were killed and a third wounded while driving around in a car. Another
two people were killed during an explosion on a main road.
bomb killed two
In separate incidents, two
people were killed in Amara. A Missan council member escaped
an assassination attempt. Separately, another
member was wounded.
In Basra, British bases once again came
under fire that left no
casualties. However, British troops in a northern section of town wounded
one gunman during a clash.
casualties were reported when mortars fell on a U.S. intelligence center in
civilians were injured when a bomb as detonated in a popular market. Mortars
fell on a residential area north of the city, wounding
two people. Near HIlla, gunmen attacked a minibus killing
all 13 aboard.
Iraqi troops reported killing
three gunmen in unspecified locations. An Iraqi
soldier was also killed and 13 more wounded during a combat mission.
Also, the U.S. military took
responsibility for the deaths of several civilians, including children, during
an airstrike yesterday in Mandali.
beheaded bodies were found at a checkpoint north of Baquba. Two
other bodies were discovered in the Mua'almeen area.
bodies were found in Bani Saad.
officer was shot and killed outside his Diwaniya home.
by Margaret Griffis