Updated at 12:50 a.m EST, Jan. 17, 2008
Security in Iraq is heightened
for the Ashuraa observances now underway, but numerous bombings have nevertheless
left at least 32 Iraqis dead and another 72 wounded. Three
U.S. soldiers were killed and another two were wounded during a small
arms attck today in Salah ad Din province as well. Also the U.N. suggested
that Germany become more involved in security operations in Iraq now that the
security situation is safer.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb targeting
an Iraqi army patrol in Bab al-Muadham left three
dead and 11 wounded. On Palestine Street, three roadside bombs left
a total of three
wounded. Two bombs in Zaafaraniya killed
one person and wounded four others. A grenade tossed in the Nahdha
neighborhood left no
casualties. No casualties
were also reported during mortar attacks on a U.S. base in Shabb and in
the Green Zone. Two
Awakening Council members were killed and four were wounded during a small
arms attack on their checkpoint. Entrances to the Khadimiya neighborhood
ahead of the Ashuraa observances in order to protect pilgrims. Also, five
dumped bodies were recovered.
suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded 15 near a marketplace and popular
mosque in Khan Bani Saad.
In Sulaiman Bik, a suicide
bomber wounded four people, including the mayor.
A car bomb wounded
the head of the Iraqi-U.S. Joint Coordination Center in Dour, which
is near Tikrit. Two
bodyguards were wounded as well.
In Mosul, five
civilians were wounded during a suicide car bombing that targeted a U.S. patrol
in al-Maliyya. Another six
civilians were wounded during clashes between the Iraqi army and gunmen in
al-Noor. Also, seven
suspects were killed yesterday after Iraqi forces came under small arms attack.
were killed and five more were wounded during a roadside bombing near Nahrawan.
A policeman was kidnapped and a university
student was killed in a village near Tuz Khormato. They were
U.S. troops killed
one civilian and wounded two others during a "random shooting" in
Near Mosul in al-Arbajiya, five
schoolchildren were wounded during clashes between police and gunmen.
suspect was arrested
as he was trying to enter Karbala, where the yearly Ashuraa observances
are attracting hundreds of thousands of pilgrims.
In Kirkuk, a body
belonging to a kidnap victim was found. Also, a roadside bomb in the al-Wassiti
In the greater Basra area, police forces freed
one hostage in al-Khaseeb and another in al-Thawayherat. Also, a
bomb planted behind the al-Tahrir Hospital was defused without
Iraqi forces detained
65 suspects in Abara.
A large stockpile of arms was found
in Missan province.
Also, a power failure stopped
production at a Baiji oil refinery.
Compiled by Margaret