Updated at 12:15 a.m. EDT, April 15, 2008
A British photojournalist
held in captivity for two months was freed in Basra today. Meanwhile, 87 Iraqis
were killed and another 142 were wounded in violent attacks. One
American soldier was also killed during an IED attack in Salah ad Din
province today, while another roadise bomb killed
an American soldier in Baghdad.
Peshmerga soldiers were killed and 15 more were wounded during a complex suicide
bombing and smalls arms attack while the soldiers were on their way to Sinjar.
In Basra, British journalist Richard Butler was freed
after spending two months in captivity. During his rescue, one
kidnapper was injured. In a separate incident, gunmen assassinated
a police commander, who was also a member of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council.
Also, security forces reported
that 15 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 400 more were wounded since the beginning
of the "security crackdown."
As many as 35
badly decomposed bodies were found in a mass grave near Muqdadiyah in
In Baghdad, a bomb placed under a parked
car near Tayaran Square left five
people dead and 13 more injured. Near the Technological Institute,
a bomb on a bus killed two and
wounded six more. An IED triggered
an early morning fire at al-Ummal marketplace. Last night, U.S. military
personnel came under an RPG attack; six
suspects were killed during retaliatory airstrikes. Also, two
Iraqi soldiers were killed and another 21 were wounded during security operations
in which 29 suspects were detained. Mortar attacks in Zayouna and Ghadeer
left one dead and seven
wounded. Five dumped
bodies were also found. No casualties were reported after roadside bombs were
detonated in Shabb,
Tahriyat, and Fudhailiyah. Also, an official from the energy protection
forces was kidnapped.
In Sadr City, ten
people were wounded during clashes. Six of them were children.
Afar, a suicide
bomber killed four people and injured 29 others who were attending a funeral.
Six suspects were arrested.
Three separate bombs left two
dead and 18 wounded in Mosul.
Gunmen attacked homes near Shurqat
and injured 17 people
A roadside bomb in Yusufiya killed
two policemen and wounded another one.
bodies bearing gunshot wounds were found in Mahaweel.
Kirkuk, two bodies
bearing gunshot and torture marks were discovered. No
casualties were reported after a bombing.
an NGO official near Wajihiya.
The latest reports on a bombing
that left a Fallujah council member and his son wounded yesterday noted
that four more family members
were injured as well.
U.S. forces killed
one suspect and captured 14 others in northern and central Iraq.
was found in Dour.
Also, Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr says
that policemen who were fired for not taking part in a crackdown targeting
followers of al-Sadr were only following religious orders and should have their
jobs returned to them. Last month, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki targeted al-Sadr's
followers under the guise of a "security crackdown." Many soldiers and policemen
refused to fight and some fought alongside the Mahdi army.
by Margaret Griffis