Updated at 12:30 a.m. EDT, July 9, 2007
The weekend death toll
in Iraq climbed to 342, an alarming figure even for the war-ravaged country.
One of the largest
bombings--if not the largest bombing--since the U.S. invasion took place in
a small village in northern Iraq on Saturday. At least 150 were killed and about
20 more people were still missing today. It was followed by several bombings in
the Baghdad region today including an attack on army recruits which killed over
20 of them. Many deaths go unreported, so the death toll is likely higher. Eight
American and three British servicemembers were also reported killed.
least 105 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 59 were wounded
during the latest violence. The largest incident was the killing of 23 army recruits
in Haswa. Several bombings took place in Baghdad as well. A suicide bomber killed
an American soldier and wounded three more west of Baghdad. Also, a British
soldier died yesterday of wounds he sustained during a large operation
bomber rammed his vehicle into a truck carrying Sunni Arab army recruits south
of Baghdad near Haswa; 23
recruits were killed and 27 more were wounded.
the bodies of
an Iraqi couple employed by the U.S. embassy were found; they had been missing
since May. A roadside bomb killed
six and wounded seven others in the Shurja marketplace. In Karrada,
a car bomb killed
six and wounded 15 others. A separate car bomb killed three
people and wounded 11 near the al-Hamra hotel in Jadriya. Two
Iraqi soldiers and two Iraqi security personnel were killed in separate attacks
in northern Baghdad. Also, 29
dumped bodies were found in Baghdad.
A mortar round killed
a woman and two children in Samawa. Clashes resumed in the city; one
person was killed and six were wounded.
In Kirkuk, a Turkmen
magazine editor was assassinated. Two
bodies, bearing gunshot and torture marks, were found. PUK party offices were
attacked but no
casualties were reported. Also, three
bodies were found dumped.
In Mosul, two
members of the municipal council were gunned down. Two
women were killed and a man was wounded in crossfire. Police killed
a gunman and four
more people lost their lives while two
more were injured.
casualties were reported despite a mortar attack on a U.S. base in Kut.
and three accomplices were killed in Hilla when their bomb exploded
prematurely. The driver is believed to be a foreigner.
The Iraqi army reported
suspects and arresting 38 others in various locations. Iraqi security forces
found a bomb-making
factory near Mosul.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis