Updated at 8:30 p.m. EST, Jan. 30, 2009
Severe security measures
are being imposed across Iraq ahead of tomorrow's elections. Despite the increase
in security, at least five Iraqis were killed and 20 wounded when police
failed to detonate a bomb safely. One
U.S. soldier was killed. Meanwhile, Iraq's foreign minister said
the country is encouraged by reassurances that the U.S troops will not withdraw
The country's borders were
sealed as part of severe security measures in place for the election tomorrow.
itself off early and residents were told not to leave their homes except to go
to the polls. Basra will be under similar restrictions. Meanwhile, Iraq has not
only violence to worry about during the election but fraud
A gunman killed
a U.S. soldier and wounded a second during an incident outside a polling booth
near Tikrit in al-Rifaie. The gunman
was killed and his brother was arrested.
A bomb brought to a police
compound in Diwaniya exploded s police were trying to defuse it. Three
policemen were killed and 20 more were wounded. About 15,000 policemen
are on duty there to protect voters.
gunman was killed and three more were arrested in connection with the death
of a political candidate in Mandili yesterday.
the home of a Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) member in Kut, where
they burned his car.
A suspected bomber was arrested
in Ouja, Saddam Hussein's birthplace. He allegedly confessed to planning
an attack on a polling station.
A vehicle ban was imposed
on Karbala, while security personnel discovered
Dhi Qar province also added
a ban to their security measures.
An ammunition cache was discovered
Four suspects were detained
in Muqdadiyah and a weapons cache was seized.
A weapons cache was
found in Balad Ruz.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis