Updated at at 11:11 p.m. EDT, June 26, 2008
A pair of significant
bombings shook Iraq today and underscored how tenuous the security gains made
in the last few months actually are. Three U.S. Marines were among the
dead in the attack in Karma. At least 48 Iraqis were killed and 119 more were
wounded across the country as well.
bomber killed 20 Iraqis and wounded 25 more at a tribal council meeting near
Fallujah in Karma. Three
U.S. Marines were also killed. The head of the council, other tribal leaders,
and police were among the casualties. Two interpreters were also killed but it
is unclear whether they are counted among the 20 dead. This brings the total of
Americans killed this week in Iraq to 13, including two civilians.
the second major bombing this week left 18
dead and about 80 wounded. An earlier rocket attack lured the provincial governor
out of his office before the car bomb was detonated, but he was not hurt in the
explosion. Another car bomb injured
one person. In a separate incident, gunmen invaded a home and killed
a female occupant. Three
people were wounded in a roadside bombing.
In Baghdad, five
students were wounded at an examination center when the education minister's
bodyguards opened fire on them; the students were taking the opportunity to protest
directly to the minister over poor services, and one student may
have opened fire first. Two
dumped bodies were recovered. Also, 49 suspects were captured,
and the leader of a bomb-making cell was detained.
was killed and a policeman was wounded when mortars fell in Amiriya.
gunmen blew themselves up accidentally as they were planting a roadside bomb
in Suleimaniya. One was killed instantly. The other died later of his wounds.
In Tuz Khormato, gunmen killed
an Iraqi soldier during a U.S.-backed raid.
U.S. forces killed
two suspects and captured 15 more, including two
Egyptians, during operations in central and northern Iraq.
In Muqdadiyah, four
shepherds were wounded in a roadside bombing. Sixteen suspects were detained
in a separate incident.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis