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February 1, 2008
Friday: 110 Iraqis Killed, 215 Wounded

Updated at 12:15 p.m. EST, Feb. 2, 2008

Bombers in Baghdad ratcheted up the violence on this prayer day by attacking multiple pet markets. Overall at least 110 Iraqis were killed and 215 more were wounded across Iraq. No Coalition troops were reported killed.

In Baghdad, apparently coordinated attacks on two pet markets left scores dead and authorities wondering if al-Qaeda has changed it tactics. Both attacks were perpetrated by female suicide bombers. The larger bombing occurred at the al-Ghazl pet market, where at least 69 people were killed and over 140 were injured. The market is a favorite with both customers, who pack it every Friday, and with bombers, who have attacked al-Ghazl several times.

The second bombing occurred twenty minutes later in Baghdad al-Jadida (New Baghdad). As many as 29 people were killed there and another 67 were injured there. Questions have arisen as to whether the women mentally challenged, and mobile phones, suggesting the women’s vests were remotely detonated, were discovered.

Three unidentified bodies were found in Baghdad.

At a Kut bus terminal, gunmen killed two policemen and wounded four civilians.

A sniper in Samarra killed an Iraq soldier. Clashes between gunmen and police also took place. Three gunmen were killed and a fourth one was captured.

A 12-year-old boy was killed in Mosul. Also, seven suspects were arrested during security operations, and two gunmen were caught planting a roadside bomb.

Details are sketchy, but a roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol in Hilla left a unknown number of casualties.

Five suspects were arrested in Kirkuk, and their explosives were seized. Another cache of weapons were seized.

A curfew in Fallujah was lifted. Also two gunmen were arrested as they were trying to plant a roadside bomb.

In Karbala, two gangs were arrested.

 

 

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