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March 20, 2008
Thursday: 25 Iraqis Killed, 28 Wounded

Updated at 8:50 p.m. EDT, Mar. 20, 2008

At least 25 Iraqis were killed and another 28 were wounded in the latest round of violence. No Coalition casualties were reported, but Turkey resumed air attacks on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) hideouts in northern Iraq.

U.S. forces targeting gunmen shelled and killed six civilians by accident on a highway between Tikrit and Samarra. Military officials deny they were civilians.

In Mosul, a car bomb killed three people and injured seven in the al-Khansaa neighborhood. Two policemen were killed during an armed attack in Boursa. A roadside bomb in al-Nabi Younes killed policeman, while a car bomb injured another policeman in al-Sukar. An Iraqi soldier was killed and another wounded during an armed attack yesterday. Also, the number of casualties from yesterday's suicide bombing rose by one dead and five wounded.

New clashes in Kut left three people dead and five wounded. Iraqi police allegedly battled Mahdi Army members; however, leader's from the movement have distanced themselves from the ongoing fighting which has killed over a dozen people over the last two weeks.

An Iraqi army base in Diwaniya came under attack. Two soldiers suffered injuries. In a separate incident, a police vehicle came under attack, but no casualties were reported.

Two soldiers, who were on a clearing mission, triggered a booby-trap at a water treatment plant in Diyala. One died and the other was wounded.

The body of a young man was discovered at the foot of the Goezha Mountain near Sulaimaniyah.

A policeman was killed in Kut.

In Fallujah, a policeman was severely injured by a bomb attached to his car.

An aide to the minister of electricity and his driver were kidnapped near Baiji yesterday.

Two civilians were kidnapped on a highway between Mosul and Kirkuk.

A bomb blast near the Turkmen's Front offices in Kirkuk left no casualties. Gunmen kidnapped a security guard and a store owner in separate incidents.

In Riyadh, an Iraqi soldier was injured during a drive-by shooting.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb left no casualties in the Zaafaraniya neighborhood. A Katyusha rocket fell on a home in Mashtal, severely injuring two residents. In al-Jadiriya, a mortar round fell on a police patrol, injuring two policemen. Also, five dumped bodies were discovered.

Iraqi security forces arrested 10 people, including a woman, in connection with a bombing in Sulaimaniyah two weeks ago. In Rashad, 17 people were arrested as well as a senior al-Qaeda leader. Four suspects were detained in Karbala and another five were captured in Kirkuk. Also, ten suspects confessed to involvement in clashes that occurred in Kut last week.

 

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

 
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