Updated at 10:08 p.m. EST, Jan. 31, 2009
Due to the Iraqi elections,
very little news of violence came out of the country. No major attacks were reported
thanks to a security clampdown. In some cities, citizens are banned from being
on the streets unless they are traveling to a polling station. These conditions
also make it difficult for smaller reports of violence to make it into the media;
however, at least five Iraqis were killed and nine more were wounded during
Thousands of Iraqi, in particular Kurds, complained
that they were denied to the right to vote. Other reported
acts of intimidation.
In Tuz Khormato, a roadside bomb injured
seven policemen. A civilian
was killed during a shootout that followed the blast.
killed two Iraqi policemen
who were guarding a checkpoint in southern Mosul. A spokesperson said that
the troops were searching for a wanted man nearby when they came under attack.
A civilian was wounded
during a sniper attack on a polling station in Sadr City. The station was
forced to close. A car accident involving members of rival tribes ignited a firefight;
one person was killed
and another was wounded. One lawmaker reported that a military officer fired
upon voters who were chanting slogans, injuring
two of them; a military spokesman accused the pair of trying to smuggle cellphones
into the polling station and said that one had died.
Command reported no incidents
in Baghdad, so they will lift the curfew tomorrow.
near a polling station in Tikrit, but no one was hurt. Mortars fell
in other parts of the city as well. A bomb near a voting center was defused
A political candidate was arrested
in Kifl for "garnering support for his slate," which is an elections law
Fallujah will remain under a curfew
until all election related activities are completed.
Two persons were
arrested for distributing election
related materials in Karbala.
The vehicle ban was lifted
in Basra, but there were
complaints that the Iranian consul-general walked through several polling
stations in an effert to intimidate voters.
A vehicle ban was lifted
Five suspects were arrested
for planning an attack on a polling station near Mandali.
Minister Maliki ordered border
guards to transfer ballot boxes in Najaf, after problems arose during early
Fourteen people were arrested
for distributing campaign materials in Muthanna province.
to Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, hopes
that the election will encourage Kirkuk to hold its own elections. Voting
was postponed in Kirkuk because lawmakers could not settle on a power-sharing
scheme that would please all ethnicities.
Compiled by Margaret