Updated at 11:30 a.m. EDT, Oct. 3, 2006
In the last day, the body count in Iraq exploded as at least 263 were killed
or found dead; 30 of those were insurgents
killed in Ramadi. Tensions are particularly high due to two mass kidnappings
that occurred in Baghdad. At least 16 of a total of 40 kidnap victims are still
missing. Roadside bombs, mortars and simple shootings took many lives, while
stray fire or mortars took the lives of several children. 45 other people were
reportedly injured in those or similar attacks. Experts have noted that in previous
has increased during Ramadan;
this year is no exception. The US government today also released the names of
two Iowa National Guard soldiers
killed on Saturday. Over the weekend a Marine
died in a vehicle accident unrelated to fighting. Another US soldier
died on Monday, bringing the total of US dead to 4. One British
soldier was also killed.
At least 118 were killed in Baghdad alone, including one
intelligence officer and Faris
Khalil, a colonel in the Interior Ministry. At least
thirteen more bodies were found throughout Baghdad on Monday, adding to
the fifty that were found overnight Sunday. They were shot to death and bore
signs of torture.
It is believed that "sectarian death squads" killed them. Mortar attacks
reportedly killed 1, injured 3 in northern
Baghdad, while another mortar killed 1 and injured 8 in the Ur district.
fatal shooting victims were delived to a hospital in the Yarmouk district.
killed 3, injured 8 in the Saadoun district; wounded 3 more in the Yarmouk district
and 2 in Eastern Baghdad. Another bomb targeting police killed 2, injured 2,
in the Waziriya district, but whether the casualties were police or civilians
is unconfirmed. A noontime
bomb blast at a market in Al Nasr reportedly killed 4 and injured 13.
men were kidnapped from a meat processing plant in the Amel district and
placed into a truck; two were shot when they refused to board the vehicle. Four
men are confirmed
to have escaped by blending into a crowded marketplace when they fled the truck
during a stop. The other 22 are believed all dead; several have been confirmed
dead. Another 14
men were kidnapped from computer stores adjacent to the Baghdad Technical
University in Central Baghdad, but their fate is unknown. Two more individuals
were reportedly kidnapped north of Baghdad.
At least 145 people outside the capital were killed including a leading
al-Qaeda figure, Saad
Tager Al-Rayashi (aka Abu Fad’ am.) Fifty
bodies were discovered in Kut and at least 31 elsewhere..Today, al-Iraqiya
television reported the deaths of 30
insurgents in a joint operation by multi-national forces and Iraqi police
carried out in Ramadi; however, the date of the operation was not reported.
Troops also detained 59 "wanted
suspects." Two police officers and two firefighters were also wounded
incidents. In Basra,
a British soldier was killed, and another was wounded in a base
attack. A round
also fell on a nearby home during the attack, killing two young children and
wounding another. Elsewhere in Basra, gunmen killed an Iraqi intelligence office.
headless bodies were found in the Tigris River near Suwayra; their hands
were bound.Gunmen also killed 7 in the cities of Kut,
Stray fire killed a woman and child sleeping on a roof in Sadr
City. Car bombs took the lives of 4 in Latifiya
and 5 in Falluja.
Turkish forces also bombed Kurdish
villages, but the number of casualties, if any, was not released.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis.