Updated at 11:59 p.m. EDT, May 27, 2007
At least 94 Iraqis
were killed or found dead today and another 55 Iraqis were wounded
during violent events. However, the day’s biggest news was the rescue
of 42 hostages from a suspected al-Qaeda hideout northeast of Baghdad. Unfortunately,
another 40 were abducted from Samarra, and seven were kidnapped in other incidents. Three American servicemembers were also
killed in separate events on Saturday, said military sources today.
The U.S. military reported that a roadside bomb killed
an MND-B soldier and wounded two others. A separate roadside bomb killed
one soldier and wounded four others in western Baghdad; two of the wounded
are already back on duty. Also, a Task
Force Lightning soldier was killed during an explosion in Diyala province.
All deaths occurred yesterday. At least 103 American servicemembers have been
killed this month in Iraq, and two more are missing. A body
was recovered today that military experts think might be the body of one of the
U.S. soldiers missing since May 12.
At an unspecified location in Diyala
province, U.S. forces rescued
at least 42 hostages from a suspected al-Qaeda safe house. The hostages bore evidence
of torture including broken bones. The youngest victim was 14-years-old, and some
said they had been there for up to four months. Elsewhere in the province, gunmen
dead a civlilian and wounded a second, while a body
was found bearing gunshot wounds to the head. A police chief was kidnapped from
a fake checkpoint.
Meanwhile, 40 civilians were abducted
from a fake checkpoint in Samarra. Gunmen also attacked a police station,
where they killed
two and injured three policemen.
In Baghdad, 44
bodies were discovered scattered throughout Baghdad, including a group of
12 dumped bodies
discovered in the Doura neighborhood. A group of gunmen tossed concussion
grenades into the Shorja market, killing
two people and wounding nine; the same gunmen then killed
a minibus driver and stole his vehicle with six Iraqis in it. In Bab al-Muadham,
two people and wounded eight. An IED wounded
three policemen in Adhamiya. In New Baghdad, gunmen assassinated
noted Iraqi calligrapher, Khalil al-Zahawi. Four
people were killed during clashes between security forces and gunmen in the
Fadhil area. The Association of Muslim scholars accused U.S. forces of killing
10 Iraqis and wounded scores during air raids in western Baghdad.
U.S. forces conducted several raids in Sadr City. They also shot at a vehicle,
setting it ablaze, when it continued its approach despite being signaled to stop;
no one was injured.
Attacks continue in Basra where British forces killed an important Mahdi
leader on Friday. In the latest attacks, British forces killed
three gunmen and detained four more. The head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic
Council and an assisstant were both
killed by gunmen as well.
In a drive-by shooting in Nahwaran,
two farmers and wounded nine others.
two police officers, a lieutenant colonel and a captain, south of Shurqat.
In Khalis, two
civilians were gunned down on a main thoroughfare, while a hospital
employee was shot dead in a market.
In Kut, 70 police officers
out of fear of being targeted by the Mahdi Army.
A car bomb killed
seven people and injured 12 in a Ramadi marketplace.
were injured when mortars fell in Bani Saad.
body of a Turkman singer was found in a burned out car.
A car bomb in
one and injured five others.
In Jurf al-Sakhar, a car bomb killed
two Iraqi soldiers and injured three at a checkpoint.
The Iraqi army
killed four suspects
and arrested 137 others in different locations in Iraq.
by Margaret Griffis