Updated at 10:40 p.m. EST, Jan. 17, 2008
With just a couple of
days to go before the culmination of the Ashuraa observances on Saturday, the
holy city of Karbala is already packed
with Shi’ite pilgrims, and even more are expected to arrive. Increased Iraqi troops
to the area for security purposes, while curfews
are in effect elsewhere. Unsurprisingly though, attacks against Shi’ite Muslims
have increased this week, particularly in Diyala province. Overall, 41 Iraqis
were killed and 40 were wounded in the latest attacks.
suicide bomber killed 11 people
and wounded another 15 at a Shi’ite mosque in Baquba.
bomb outside a Mosul church wounded
a policeman and a woman. A policeman
was gunned down in a separate incident. Downtown, a civilian
was also killed; he was a member of a human rights group. Also, an empty primary
school was bombed, but no
casualties were reported.
During clashed in Shurqat, two
policemen and two gunmen were killed.
In Baghdad, three
unidentified bodies were recovered. A lack of news stories from the capital
is likely due to curfews and other security measures.
In Sulaiman Bek,
a gunman rigging a car bomb managed to only kill
himself with it.
policeman and four civilians were wounded during a bombing in Tikrit.
Meanwhile, gunmen killed a police
officer and wounded two bodyguards in a separate incident.
Awakening Council members and gunmen clashed, leaving
six dead gunmen and another 13 wounded.
Iraqi authorities fired
173 Basra policemen because of crime allegations. Also, a sheikh escaped
an assassination attempt. South of town, one
policeman was killed and another was wounded during a shooting near the Ibn
was killed during clashes in an unspecified location in Salah ad Din province.
U.S. forces, including ground and air troops, killed
three suspects during a raid in Jalawla. When troops entered the building
they found two
dead and two injured women. Nearby, a man
who ignored orders was killed as he exited a building.
killed three suspects in Muqdadiyah
and detained nine across central and northern Iraq. A kidnapping trio was
in Kut. Two
suspects were killed in Bi'aj.
Also, the Iraqi Army took
over security of the main highway between Baghdad and Baquba. This stretch
of road has been the scene of numerous attacks.
Compiled by Margaret