Updated at 7:05 p.m. EST, March 5, 2009
A significant bombing
south of Baghdad shattered the relative peace of the last few days. Dozens of
casualties were reported. Overall, at least 21 Iraqis were killed and another
73 were wounded across Iraq. No Coalition casualties were reported. Meanwhile,
the European Union to take more Iraqi refugees.
A car bomb was detonated
at a livestock market in Hamza. At
least 14 were killed and 55 more were wounded. The explosion took place just
south of what was once called the "Triangle of Death" in Babel province. That
area was once extremely violent but has been relatively peaceful in recent months.
Official wondered if the bombing was related to anger over recent provincial elections.
Police officials said that a suspected senior
member of al-Qaeda was killed during clashes in Anbar province's Hawran
In Mosul, a suicide
bomber killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded seven people. A roadside bomb wounded
a policeman and a civilian woman. Another bomb left no
casualties. An Iraqi soldier drove past a roadside bomb which exploded and
a roadside bomb in Nisour Sq. wounded
three people. Gunmen wounded
a brigadier general. A policeman
was killed. A roadside bomb killed
a Sahwa member and wounded three civilians.
official and his driver were wounded during a roadside bombing near Tikrit.
Amara police ordered a car to stop at a checkpoint. When the car continued
forward police killed one occupant
while the other one fled.
A U.S.-backed, Awakening Council (Sahwa) patrol
stormed a home in Samarra where they arrested
seven suspects and seized a number of weapons.
A wanted man was arrested
in Kut. Police separately freed
a kidnapped woman.
An arms cache was found
in Dhi Qar province, while seven wanted men were captured
in different locations.
Sixteen suspects were arrested
across Basra province.
A large arms cache was found
Nine suspects were arrested
Compiled by Margaret Griffis