Updated at 11:31 p.m. EDT, Aug. 28, 2007
As feared, violence broke
out in Kerbala during a pilgrimage to a Shi’ite shrine. Local police have ordered
the hundreds of thousands already gathered to leave the city and officially ended
observances. Overall, at least 148 Iraqis were killed and 330 were wounded
in incidents throughout the country. No foreign military deaths were reported,
but a private security
contractor from Belfast died from a landmine explosion in Alcoot on Sunday.
Also, the The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported
that the humanitarian crisis is getting worse.
Violence broke out in Kerbala
leaving at least 51
dead and 247 wounded in what may be a battle between two Shi’ite militant
groups for control of the territory. The fighting apparently erupted when police,
who are loyal to the Badr organization, began to beat pilgrims who were chanting
pro-Sadr slogans; police said that gunmen had tried to take over the area. Pilgrims
are being told to leave, and the city is now under curfew. Originally, it was
believed that Sunni militants would try to disrupt the Shi’ite festival which
marks the birth of an important historical imam.
Several other incidents occurred in and around Kerbala. Two
men and two women were killed during a melee last night. Snipers killed
a boy and wounded his father as they were driving home. Two
people were killed on a minibus heading to Baghdad. Also, the number of casualties
in yesterday's clashes rose to seven dead and 35 wounded, up by four
dead and 22 wounded.
U.S. and Iraqi forces killed
33 gunmen who were disrupting an irrigation canal servicing Khalis.
Iraqi soldiers were killed during a blast in town.
unidentified bodies were dumped in separate locations. A kidnapped deputy
oil minister was released
along with several other people who were also abducted. Snipers wounded
four pilgrims in al-Bo’etha. A car bomb in Sheikh Omar killed
one person and wounded three others. The Iraqi army reported killing
14 gunmen and detaining 21 others. Gunmen broke into a mosque, killing
three men and kidnapping three more. Gunmen burned
the Khadimiya office of the Shiite Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC)
and kidnapped four men;
at the Habibiyah office, five
people were killed and 20 wounded. The Amil,
City and Shula
offices were also attacked.
A Kirkuk policeman
and his wife were shot and wounded in their car. Two
policemen and a civilian were wounded in a separate incident.
bomb in Baquba wounded
14 people on a bus.
six pilgrims in Mahmudiya.
In Albu Ajeel, gunmen killed
a police lieutenant colonel.
pilgrim was killed and three wounded during an armed attack in Iskandariya.
two pilgrims in Mahaweel.
Last night in Mussayab, a
killed and his brother wounded.
Coalition forces killed
eight suspects and detained 11 in central and northern Iraq.
Iranian border near Bachwin, a policeman
was wounded as PJAK rebels (Kurdistan Free Life Party) clashed with local
policemen. The PJAK, who are linked to Iraq's PKK party, were asked to leave the
area in order to encourage Iran to stop shelling northern Iraq.
gunmen were killed during a raid in Daquoq.
The Shiite Supreme
Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) in Husseiniyah was attacked but casualties
were not reported.
a man in Hawija.
Violence between the SIIC and Mahdi Army also
out in Kut.
In Diwaniya, an SIIC office was also attacked.
by Margaret Griffis