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May 8, 2008
Thursday: 48 Iraqis Killed; 70 Wounded

Updated at 12:20 a.m. EDT, May 9, 2008

At least 48 Iraqis were killed and 70 more were wounded in the latest violence. Clashes continue in Sadr City, while bombings killed and injured many in Baghdad. One British soldier was injured. Also, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, leader of the Iraqi branch of al-Qaeda, may have been captured in Mosul.

A British soldier was injured during a rocket attack at the Basra International Airport; two, possibly foreign, civilians were killed. A vicious clash broke out nearby, in Zubair. There are no reports of casualties yet, but many rockets were fired at a National Police base. Also, 48 people were arrested during raids.

In Baghdad, a car bomb in Mansour killed seven people, including policemen, and wounded 19 others. Three people were killed and six were wounded during a Katyusha rocket attack on Sadoun Street, near the al-Nasr Cinema. Three people were wounded during a roadside bombing near the National Theater. In Zayouna, a roadside bomb left one dead and five wounded. A roadside bomb injured five Iraqi soldiers near Shabb Stadium. Seven people were injured near a mosque in the Jihad neighborhood. Four unidentified bodies were found. The body of a policeman was discovered in Abu Dsheer. Also, a Katyusha rocket landed in the Green Zone, but no casualties were reported.

Seven people were killed and 20 were wounded during overnight clashes in Sadr City. U.S. forces killed 17 suspects in Baghdad and Sadr City. MNF forces, on Iraqi Cabinet orders, shut down a radio station loyal to the al-Sadr political bloc.

A suicide bomber in Dhuluiya wounded four people, including the police chief and three security guards. An Awakening Council (Sahwa) leader was killed.

In Mosul, a bomb seriously injured a policeman. A dumped body was found. Also, soldiers killed a suicide bomber attempting to enter a hotel.

U.S. forces detained 17 suspects across Iraq.

Southwest of Baquba, a judge was kidnapped.

In Amara, two people were arrested and their cache of landmines was confiscated.

Two men making bombs at home in Diwaniya were captured.

Gunmen kidnapped a professor in Kut.

Five al-Qaeda suspects were killed during a pre-dawn raid in Samarra.

 

 

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