Updated at 9:35 p.m. EDT. Oct. 10, 2008
At least 40 Iraqis
were killed and 88 more were wounded in today's attacks. Significant attacks
occurred at marketplaces in Baghdad and Mosul. Marketplaces are popular places
to visit on the prayer day. Subsequently, they have been popular places to attack
on Fridays as well. Also, the surge in attacks against Christians in Mosul continues.
In Baghdad, a car bomb killed
12 people and wounded 26 at a commercial center in the Abu Dsheer neighborhood.
A dumped body was
found. Witnesses reported
clashing between the Mahdi Army and security forces in Sadr City; no casualties
were reported and the incident was blamed on the death of a Sadrist parliamentarian
In Mosul, fifteen
people were killed and 35 were wounded during a bombing at a marketplace.
Earlier, a pair of bombs blasted another market, killing
four people and wounding 18 others. Two
Christians were killed after gunmen asked them for identification papers;
Iraqi Ids identify individual's religions. Gunmen also killed
another two Christians in a separate location. Almost 300 Christian families
have fled Mosul in the wake
of an increase in violence targeting them. A crisis center has
been set up to monitor the situation. A bomb in Faisaliyah left no
casualties. U.S forces handed over three
bodies. Also, eight al-Qaeda suspects were captured.
A roadside bomb injured a civilian
two chlorine caches in Hawija. When used in conjunction with conventional
explosives, chlorine bombs can sicken dozens more victims who are not directly
affected by bomb blasts.
Iraqi soldiers were wounded by a bomb in the Habaniya area. A similar
event against policemen occurred yesterday.
was killed in Kirkuk.
Samarra police discovered
25 tons of cannon balls and other projectiles.
A roadside bomb set an Iranian
tanker truck on fire near Khanaqin, but no
casualties were reported.
After today's prayers, Sadrists in Kut
demonstrated against a long-term
security agreement, and condemned the death of a Sadrist parliamentarian in a
roadside bombing in Baghdad yesterday.
A U.S. convoy was blasted
by a roadside bomb planted in Madaen. No injuries were reported.
new strikes against suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern
Iraq. No casualties were reported, but accurate figures from this region
are difficult to come by.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis