Updated at 12:25 a.m. EDT, Oct. 31, 2007
Baghdad took the brunt
of today’s violence with a number of bombings occurring throughout the city. Overall,
31 Iraqis were killed and 31 more were injured there and in other parts
of Iraq. Three
MND-C soldiers were killed during an IED attack southeast of the capital
as well. Also, the Iraqi cabinet drafted
a law that would end immunity from prosecution for foreign security contractors.
The deputy governor in Basra admitted
that the security situation in the city is out of control. News reports out of
the city have been scant for months, especially since the British were forced
to pull out of the city, so the extent of the violence there is unknown.
In Baghdad, five
unidentified bodies were discovered. Mortars wounded
two people in the Mansour district. In Zayouna, a gunman lobbed
a grenade at a group of street sweepers, killing
one and injuring six others. A bomb planted in a minibus killed
one person and wounded four in central Baghdad’s Allawi bus terminal.
A bomb on a minibus in eastern Baghdad wounded
two people. The editor
of a new weekly was murdered over the weekend. Also, two
gunmen were wounded at an Iraqi checkpoint, and a young female hostage was
after being found hidden in the trunk of their car.
U.S. forces fired
upon a car in Kut, killing
one civilian and injuring a second passenger. The reasons for the attack are
of an elderly farmer was found near al-Shahimiya a day after he was
policemen were killed and eight others were wounded during a car bombing in
bodies were discovered in and near Mosul. Also, an electrical
employee was gunned down, while a fifth
body was found.
In Kirkuk, a body
bearing the usual gunshot and torture marks was found. An off-duty policeman
was killed in a drive-by shooting.
a police lieutenant yesterday in Najaf. The body
of a second policeman was found in the al-Jamiya neighborhood.
Tikrit, mortars killed
a woman and wounded five others.
U.S. forces killed
four suspects and detained 17 during operation over the last two days in central
and northern Iraq. Two
suspects were killed and seven more were arrested during joint operation in
Baquba. In Hawija, 27 suspects were detained.
In Turkey, three soldiers and six Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels
dead from continued fighting. The Turkish government is also weighing its
option concerning an economic attack. Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region is heavily
power and commodities coming from Turkey.
Compiled by Margaret