Updated at 1:25 p.m. EDT, April 2, 2008
At least 45 Iraqis
were killed and 84 more were wounded in the latest round of violence. Clashes
involving Mahdi Army members and Iraqi security are now over, but the Iraqi government
is still engaging in minor chest thumping in the port city of Basra and keeping
Sadr City surrounded. No Coalition deaths were reported.
The Iraqi army
sent a convoy into one of
Basra's Mahdi Army strongholds today in an odd show of force. Although
militia members mostly showed restraint, a vehicle carrying Iraqi generals was
greeted by a roadside bomb in the Hayaniya neighborhood. No casualties were reported
in the incident except that one
journalist was injured, possibly by sniper fire. This incident comes only
days after a security crackdown by the Iraqi government failed to rid Basra of
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political opponents. After hundreds were killed
or injured, al-Maliki was forced to accept a truce in order to get Shi'ite cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr's followers to stand down; however, al-Maliki continues to insist
that he is cleaning up the city.
two dumped bodies were found. Two
people were killed and three were wounded, including a television cameraman,
during a roadside bombing in Sadr City. In al-Talbiya, two
people were killed and 14 more were wounded during a bombing. Three
people were wounded during an IED attack at a checkpoint in Qahira.
In al-Mashtal, four
people were wounded during a bomb attack, while two
more where injured in separate mortar fire. Two
women were killed and a man was wounded when gunmen attacked their car. Mortars
injured two in Dawodi.
A U.S. airstrike left no
casualties in Sadr City. Un unconfirmed report had five
people injured when a bomb blasted their minibus in Sadr City. Also, four
Iraqi soldiers were injured during security operation that netted 31 suspects.
In Muqdadiyah, eight
policemen were killed and two more were wounded during a bombing. A second
bomb targeting a civilian vehicle left two
policemen, who were riding in it, dead and three more wounded. Also, three
Americans soldiers were wounded and their Iraqi interpreter killed during
people were killed and four more were kidnapped, including a tribal leader,
In Mahmudiya, a teacher
was killed and his son wounded during an armed attack.
was killed and four policemen were wounded during a car bombing. Nine
people were wounded during an IED attack in Bab al-Jadid. Seven
civilians were killed and 12 others were wounded during an bombing at their
checkpoint west of the city. Also, two
dumped bodies were found.
car bomber killed a civilian at a Sahwa checkpoint in Hawija.
casualties were reported during home bombing in Kanaan.
15 weapon's caches and a factory were discovered.
were killed and eight more were wounded during a roadside bombing in Mandali.
Saidiyah, a woman
was killed and a man was injured during an IED attack on a home.
casualties were reported during an attack on the police chief in Kirkuk.
A body was found and gunmen killed
an off-duty policeman.
people were injured during a quarrel between Sahwa and policemen in Saqlawiyah.
policemen and a high school student died in Baaj when gunmen attacked
Also, 47 detainees were freed
after they proved they were innocent of all charges.
by Margaret Griffis