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June 17, 2008
Tuesday: 75 Iraqis Killed, 120 Wounded

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 were found.

An arms cache was found in Sadr City.

A suicide 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 arrested. 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 shot dead.

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.

Police commandos fired upon a group of police recruits in Samarra. One of the recruits was killed and another was wounded.

Gunmen killed the brother of a commissioner near Udhaim.

Three brothers were abducted from a fake checkpoint near Mandali.

Police detained five people and confiscated weapons in Basra.

In Missan province, 38 IEDs were defused ahead of a security crackdown.

An arms cache was seized in Karbala.

A municipal worker was killed during a drive-by shooting in Tuz Khormato.

 

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

 
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