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May 21, 2008
Wednesday: 45 Iraqis Killed; 33 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 11:45 p.m. EDT, May 21, 2008

As Sadr City remained relatively quiet, neighboring Baghdad saw a number of attacks. Overall, at least 45 Iraqis were killed and 33 more were wounded in the latest violence. No Coalition deaths were reported.

In Baghdad, five dumped bodies were recovered. Eleven people were killed and another three were wounded in a combined I.E.D. and gunfire attack in the Obeidi neighborhood near Sadr City; the attack was on joint Iraqi and U.S. troops, but the casualties were all bystanders. In Mansour, four people were killed and 12 were wounded in two attacks that took place an hour apart. Four people were wounded during a bombing on Palestine Street. A transportation ministry official was assassinated while on the Qasim highway. Yesterday, three people were killed and two were wounded during a mortar attack in Karrada, while an I.E.D. killed one person and wounded four more in Adhamiyah. A judge was severely injured by a bomb attached to his car. Also, 33 people were detained during security operations.

Sadr City remains peaceful today as Iraqis test a cease-fire between the Mahdi Army and Iraqi security forces. Small issues are being dealt with diplomatically. No violence has been reported as Iraqi troops found and confiscated or defused a number of weapons.

Seven bodies were found in al-Abara.

Three bodies were found in Buhriz.

Gunmen attacked a checkpoint run by Kurdish security personnel in Jalawla. Four of them were killed and three were wounded. The attackers fled. Fifteen people were detained in separate incidents across town; two detainees were later found dead.

A kidnapped child was freed near Nasariya.

Three people were detained and a weapons cache was confiscated in al-Gabba.

In Diyala, 112 detainees proved their innocence and were freed.

A female suicide bomber killed four people and wounded three others in Rutba.

In Mosul, four women and two children were freed and their kidnappers arrested.

 

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

 
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