Updated at 12:20 a.m. EDT, July 28, 2008
At least 18 Iraqis
were killed and 21 more were wounded in the latest round of attacks. No Coalition
deaths were reported. Meanwhile, an expected million pilgrims are descending on
the capital for a religious observance that ends on Tuesday. A group of them approaching
from the south were killed near Baghdad.
Unknown assailants in Madaen
killed seven young pilgrims,
who were heading into the capital for a religious observance at the Imam Kadhim
shrine. A million people are expected to visit the shrine in the northern Kadhimiya
neighborhood. In 2005, rumors of a suicide attack created a stampede that killed
about 1,000 people.
In Baghdad, clashes between an Awakening Council
(Sahwa) patrol and policemen left one
civilian dead and three more wounded. Gunmen wounded
a police commander. A special groups leader was captured,
and five other suspects were detained.
in Makhmour left three
Iraqi servicemembers dead and three more wounded. U.S. troops were involved
in the fighting, but no casualties were reported.
A coordinated gun and
bomb attack on the Fallujah home of a Sunni politician left
him and his son wounded, while two bodyguards were killed. A bomb near an
Awakening Council station wounded
In Mosul, gunmen killed
the imam of the Sheikh Khalid mosque. Police arrested
an Islamic State in Iraq member. Also, eight bombs were defused.
A roadside bomb in Suleiman Bek killed
two Iraq soldiers.
In Buhriz, a roadside bomb killed
two Oil Protection Services guards, who were riding on a motorcycle.
Seven Iraqi soldiers
were wounded during a roadside bombing in Balad Ruz.
one civilian was wounded
in a roadside bomb that targeted an Iraqi patrol.
Gunmen launched an attack
in Abu Khames where they injured
a policeman and two children.
Turkish warplanes bombed
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebel camps in the Mount Qandil area near
the border. The PKK is fighting for an independent Kurdistan in parts of Turkey,
Iraq and three other countries. Turkish forces frequently target Iraqi locations
from which they believe the PKK launches attacks. Later in the day, Istanbul suffered
a bombing attack that left 16 dead and 154 wounded. Many are pointing fingers
at the Kurdish separatist group.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis