Updated at 10:52 p.m. EDT, Oct. 9, 2007
At least 76 Iraqis
were killed or found dead and 131 more were wounded during a particularly
active day in Iraq. Yet another deadly incident involving a private security company
has surfaced in Baghdad. A significant number of bombings also occurred in Baghdad
and Baiji as well. The DOD reported the death
of a GI after a small arms attack yesterday.
female civilians were killed when members of a private security company, escorting
a convoy through the Karrada district, fired upon the women’s car. Witnesses
report that a bullet wounded
a woman in the backseat and flying glass injured a child. Another child was
physically unharmed. Reports also state that 19 bullets struck
the vehicle and that the victims
were Christian. The Australian Unity Resources Group claimed
responsibility, but the nationality of the guards was not released. The incident
follows a highly controversial event on Sept. 16 involving the Blackwater USA
Elsewhere in the capital, 10
were killed and 35 others were wounded during a car bombing at al-Khilani
Square in central Baghdad; figures may
go much higher. A car bomb in the Shabb neighborhood killed
four people and wounded 16 more. In al-Binoog, a car bomb killed
two people and wounded 18 more; a separate bombing left one
dead and five wounded. In Zaafaraniya, a roadside bomb killed
one civilian and wounded 11 others. Mortars wounded
six people in al-Mashtal. Last night in al-Mashtal, a Shi’ite
Endowment leader was assassinated during an armed attack. Gunmen wounded
a technology dean and killed his driver in Doura. Also, eight
unidentified bodies were recovered.
At least 22
people were killed and 30 more were wounded when two suicide truck bombs exploded
minutes apart in the city of Baiji. The attack is believed to have targeted
Sunni tribal leaders who are fighting al-Qaeda elements. The first bomb was detonated
at a private home, while the second targeted a mosque.
a U.S. airstrike killed
four men setting a roadside bomb. Two
more gunmen were shot dead as they attempted to flee the scene. A Ninewah
police chief was assassinated as he was leaving his Hadbaa area home.
Also, 70 people were detained
during security raids.
In Kirkuk, the head
of police intelligence and two companions were wounded during an armed attack.
Gunmen riding motorcycles shot
dead a police officer in a separate incident. Also, a bomb killed
a policeman and wounded a colleague.
bodies, one carrying a foreign passport, were found near Hilla in the town
bodies were found yesterday in Hawija. One body was beheaded, while
the second victim had been shot to death.
A roadside bomb in Tuz Khormato
killed two and
wounded three others.
the head of the airport in Basra.
Coalition forces killed
nine suspects and arrested 21 in northern and central Iraq. In Duluiya,
13 suspects were arrested.
Two suspected al-Qaeda leaders were arrested
in Baquba. Thirty suspects were arrested
in Muqdadiyah. No
casualties were reported in Diwaniya after U.S. forces bombed an empty
home belonging to a wanted Mahdi Army leader.
Also, Turkey is once again
to send troops into northern Iraq in an attempt to crush Kurdish rebels who are
using the area as a base. Meanwhile, the U.S. is urging Turkey exercise self-restraint
in the matter, and the Iraqi government condemned
the latest PKK attack.
And, a fire at a camp for Palestinian refugees fleeing
the violence in Baghdad wounded
Compiled by Margaret Griffis