Updated at 11:15 p.m. EDT, Sept. 16, 2007
As expected, attacks
have increased during the Ramadan holiday. At least 120 Iraqis were killed
and 73 were wounded in the latest violence. Although many of the dead were
suspected militants, several bombings targeted civilians. Also, hundreds of bodies
in mass graves dating to the Saddam regime.
casualties were as yet reported in a pair of armed attacks against British
troops in the Basra area.
Five mass graves were discovered
in the Amara area. The graves date from the early 1990s and contain the
remains of over 300 people.
In Baghdad, 12
unidentified bodies were recovered. A clash involving
American security contractors left
nine Iraqis dead and 19 more wounded in the Mansour district. A separate
boming in the neighborhood killed
two and wounded five others near al-Rahman mosque. In al-Harthiya,
a roadside bomb killed
one and wounded three more. An IED explosion in Ma'moun killed
one person and injured two more. Gunmen killed
two officials, one from Bayaa and one from Doura. Also, mortar
fire near al-Shabb stadium killed
one and wounded three others.
Suspected al-Qaeda militants killed
14 and wounded ten in a pair of villages near Muqdadiya and torched
a number of shops. Three children were
among the dead.
bomber at a Tuz Khormato cafe killed
eight and wounded 22 others.
In Mosul, gunmen killed
a Sunni preacher, who belonged to the Kurdish Islamic Union.
bomb killed two
policemen in Tal Afar.
In Baquba, gunmen hijacked
an ambulance carrying eight people.
people were killed and four were wounded during a mortar attack in Samarra.
A child was among the dead.
Militants attacked Hilla tribesmen,
killing two and
wounding three others. The
bodies of two kidnap victims were later found.
In Kirkuk, a
guard and a pedestrian were wounded during a roadside bombing that was detonated
near a Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) motorcade. A young boy was kidnapped
when a truck he was sitting in was stolen.
was assassinated in Rumeitha. He was a member of the al-Sadr movement.
A police colonel
was shot and killed in Ifech.
son and the father of an unspecified Sadrist leader were killed during a U.S.-Iraqi
raid on the Sadrist’s home in Diwaniya. A police
officer was killed in a separate incident.
The Iraqi army killed
47 suspects and arrested 21 in different locations.
U.S. forces reported
capturing a suspect responsible for killing Abu Risha last week.
a school in Qarah Tappa was blown-up
three days before final exams.
U.S. forces killed
eight suspects and arrested seven in areas around Baghdad.
by Margaret Griffis