Updated at 11:57 p.m. EDT, June 17, 2008
At least 75 Iraqis
were killed and 120 more were wounded in a spate of bombings and other attacks.
The heaviest toll occurred at a Baghdad bus stop around dinnertime. No Coalition
deaths were reported today. Meanwhile, Turkey claimed
to have stopped a force of PKK rebels from entering the country via northern Iraq.
In Baghdad, 51
people were killed and over 80 more were wounded when a bomb exploded next
to a two-story building containing shops and residential apartments in Hurriya;
the blast ignited a fire that killed many of the victims. In Ghadeer, a
roadside bomb blasted a police commando patrol, wounding
three policemen and one civilian. Gunmen on motorcycles shot
dead a policeman in Jamiya. In Mansour, gunmen killed
a civil servant and wounded a companion. In Zaafaraniyah, a roadside
bomb injured a civilian.
Also, three dumped bodies
An arms cache was found in Sadr City.
bicycle bomber attacked an Awakening Council (Sahwa) checkpoint, killing
four of the U.S-backed fighters and wounding two civilians in al-Saba Abkar,
which is just north of Baghdad.
A car bomb outside police headquarters
in Baquba left one
policeman dead and 21 others wounded.
In Mosul, U.S. forces
killed four people they
claim were al-Qaeda militants, but police and mourners say
the four were three brothers and their father; four other family members were
Gunmen stormed a home and shot
a woman dead. An off-duty
policeman was shot and killed in a separate incident in Bab al-Toub.
Also, a local TV anchor was
A roadside bomb exploded near Kut in Aziziya killed
a police colonel and two bodyguards.
Four other policemen were wounded
in the blast and as many as six
other people were also injured. Six people were abducted
in the incident that lured the police to that location.
fired upon a group of police recruits in Samarra. One
of the recruits was killed and another was wounded.
the brother of a commissioner near Udhaim.
Three brothers were
abducted from a fake checkpoint
five people and confiscated weapons in Basra.
In Missan province,
38 IEDs were defused
ahead of a security crackdown.
An arms cache was seized
worker was killed during a drive-by shooting in Tuz Khormato.
by Margaret Griffis