Updated at 11:55 p.m. EDT, June 8, 2007
In an unusually active
Friday, 72 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 68 wounded in violent attacks.
Two significant bombings occurred in Qurna and Daqqua, while the family of a police
official was slaughtered in Baquba. No foreign casualties were reported.
Baghdad, gunmen bombed a mosque in Bayaa, but no
casualties were reported. Mortars landed in Bayaa and Amil without
causing injuries. One
person was wounded in Salhiya during a mortar attack. Seven
bodies were found scattered in five neighborhoods.
gunmen attacked the home of a senior police officer and killed
14 members of the household. There are conflicting reports as to the identities
of the killed. Among those believed to be dead are the officer’s wife, other relatives
and several bodyguards. Several people were kidnapped and may be among the dead.
The officer was directly responsible for the death of three al-Qaeda fighters
recently and this may have been a retaliatory attack.
East of Baquba in
Doura last night, Sheik
Jabar Ahmed Al Timimi was killed when gunmen attacked a police station. One
policeman was killed and another injured.
A bus packed with explosives
was detonated at a station in Qurna, near Basra. As many as 12
people were killed and 33 wounded during the incident.
people were killed and 30 wounded during bomb attacks on two Shi’ite mosques
in Daqquq, just as Friday prayers were ending.
of four kidnap victims from Ramadi were found in Fallujah.
of Baquba, a roadside bomb killed
three high-ranking police officials from two smaller cities in the area. They
had been on their way to a meeting in Baquba. The third officer died at the hospital.
A Iraqi soldier and his
two-year-old daughter were killed in a drive-by shooting in Kirkuk.
Last night, a guard
was injured when gunmen fired at the PUK headquarters.
suspect was killed during a combined U.S.-Iraqi security raid in Anbar
casualties were reported during Turkish shelling on northern Iraqi territories.
civilians were injured during an explosion in Hawija.
of police was gunned down in the streets today.
killed two civilians in Khalis, while mortars rained down on a nearby
village in a separate attack.
The governor of Babil province escaped
an assassination attempt while traveling to Baghdad.
by Margaret Griffis