Updated at 3:05 a.m. EST, Feb. 20, 2008
The Interior Ministry
began rounding up homeless
and mentally challenged people in Baghdad to prevent their exploitation by armed
groups. Meanwhile, a large explosion in Baghdad killed
over a dozen policemen who were trying to defuse several rockets. At least 40
Iraqis were killed and 67 more were wounded in recent violence. Also, three
American soldiers were killed during an IED attack late today in Baghdad.
In Baghdad, 15
policemen were killed and 45 more were wounded as they were trying to defuse
rockets that they had discovered shortly after twin rocket attacks. Rockets had
been fired at U.S. and Iraqi bases in Ubaidi. Four
American soldiers were wounded during one of the attacks. Three
dumped bodies were also recovered.
woman was killed and two other were wounded during a bombing in Waziriya.
cab driver and four passengers were killed, and a policeman was wounded, when
a bomb left in the cab exploded in the Mansour district. In Zafaraniyah,
an IED wounded a civilian;
police defused a second bomb. A stockpile of ammunition was discovered.
Gunmen killed a man
on a minibus in Sinak. A civilian
was injured during a mortar attack in Abu Dsher. In Zayouna
the deputy minister
of science was wounded along with two guards during a roadside bombing. Also,
the Interior Ministry is removing
easily exploitable people off the streets, so gunmen will not be able to use
them to carry out suicide attacks; it is believed that some recent bombings were
carried out by unwilling victims.
A U.S. helicopter strike left three
dead civilians in al-Dujail.
bomber killed one soldier and wounded two policemen in Mosul, when
he drove into a building they were using as a base; another Iraqi
soldier was also wounded. The body
of a woman was found dumped in a cemetery, and a man
was gunned down in Qahira. Also, U.S. forces took a seriously
wounded man to the hospital, but the source of his injures was not revealed.
In Muradiya, four
family members were killed during an attack.
people were killed and three others were wounded during an armed attack in
In Tikrit, a roadside bomb injured
four Iraqi soldiers.
Iraqi soldiers were wounded near Baiji during an armed attack.
An al-Qaeda leader was killed
along with three foreign fighters in Samarra.
The Iraqi army arrested
11 followers of different cult groups in Hilla.
The British base
in Basra came under Katyusha rocket attack, but no
casualties were reported.
Six suspects were arrested
a police lieutenant in Khan Bani Saad.