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March 16, 2008
Sunday: 21 Iraqis Killed, 29 Wounded

Updated at 8:52 p.m., EDT, Mar. 16, 2008

As U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain visited Iraq, another 21 people were killed and 29 were wounded in a new round of violence. No Coalition casualties were reported.

In Baghdad, one person was killed and two more were wounded when a car bomb was detonated in the Mansour district. Iraqi security forces freed two captives and captured eight suspects. Also, five dumped bodies were recovered.

In Mosul, a suicide bomb attack on the Kurdistan Democratic Party offices left 12 wounded. Shelling in a residential area wounded seven people.

Two security personnel were killed and three more were wounded during clashes blamed on the Mahdi Army in Baquba.

A body, belonging to an Iraqi contractor, was found in Numaniya.

A car bomb in Hawija wounded two people. Another car bomb left no casualties.

A schoolmaster was kidnapped in Najaf.

Two Iraqis soldiers were kidnapped in Tikrit.

In Huwayder, five gunmen and three policemen were killed during a clash. Three other people were also wounded.

A Kurdish man was killed during a roadside bombing in Khanaquin.

The morgue in Basra received the bodies of a police officer and two Iraqi soldiers.

U.S. forces released 300 detainees from Camp Cropper as part of the general amnesty program.

Also, residents of Arbil observed a five-minute moment of silence to mark the loss of over 5,000 Kurds during a chemical attack in 1988. Meanwhile, the Turkoman community in Kirkuk is expressing concerns over the increase in the Kurd population of the city; they believe it will lead to the inclusion of Kirkuk in the Kurdish autonomous region.

 

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

 
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