Updated at 11:58 p.m. EST, Jan. 2, 2008
A female suicide bomber
struck Baquba for the second time this week and only a day after a major bombing
in Baghdad. The recent surge in bombings coincides with a message from Osama bin
Laden threatening an increase in such attacks against Awakening Councils. Overall,
at least 67 Iraqis were killed and 55 were wounded. No Coalition deaths
In Baquba, a female
suicide bomber targeted an Awakening Council checkpoint in the Naaquba
al-Jadida neighborhood, killing
as many as 10 people and wounding 28 others; women were among the casualties.
The U.S. military said the bomber was male and gave lower casualty figures. Meanwhile,
U.S. forces killed
two suspects and detained seven more during security operations.
Baghdad, police increased the toll from yesterday’s bombing by six
deaths, up from the 30 killed previously reported. An IED near Shabb Stadium
in the Zayouna district left
five wounded. Three
suspects were killed and 28 were detained during security operations; three
security personnel were killed and two more were wounded. Five
children and an adult were shot to death in their minivan. Also, three
dumped bodies were found.
U.S. forces in Mosul accidentally
killed a woman
when a missile meant for a group of people planting a roadside bomb went off-course.
In the al-Baath neighborhood, a roadside bomb wounded
a policeman. A police
officer was killed and two were wounded during clashes in the al-Mithaq.
two brothers, a soldier and a policeman, at their home in al-Hay.
A roadside bomb in Abu Saida killed
a civilian last night. Also, an Iraqi
soldier was wounded during a mortar attack.
North of Basra in al-Abla,
gunmen wounded two civilians.
Near Jalawla, three
suspects were killed and one was wounded during security operations.
officer was killed and six were injured during an ambush in Salah ad Din
police commandos were also injured. Among the injured was the Al Salam Iraqi
Police commander. During overnight operations, 15
suspects, a policeman and two civilians were killed.
Three gunmen were
six people and wounded three others in Muqdadiyah.
eight suspects were detained.
Across Iraq, 201 detainees were released
for lack of evidence against them.
The Basra Security Committee released
figures on the number of women killed last year. Of the 133 women killed
in Basra, 79 were murdered for violating Sharia law and the others died
in honor killings. Separately, a mortar attack on the British base at the airport
Meanwhile, the International Federation of Journalists
65 journalists were killed across Iraq during 2007. The figure represents
nearly a third of deaths worldwide.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis