Updated 10:45 p.m. EDT, Oct. 9, 2006
In Monday and overnight developments in Iraq, the main story is the
poisoning of an entire police division. Also, the U.S. military today reported
of three marines on Sunday and the death
of one soldier on Monday. At least 74 Iraqis died and 73 others were injured
in other events, including a car bomb attack, which killed 13 and wounded 46
at a market in Baghdad. Among the Iraqi dead are the Iraqi vice-president's
brother, a humanitarian worker and several policemen. Also, at least 18 people
have been kidnapped, including Iraqi soldiers and the nephew of the Iraqi vice-president.
Several hundred police officers in Numaniya fell ill after breaking Ramadan
fast. According to some reports seven
policemen are known to have died and 1350
other officers were hospitalized; however, other
reports state that no one died, and only three or four hundred officers
became sick. Among the maladies reported were excessive bleeding and seizures.
Authorities ordered an investigation and arrested four cooks as possible suspects
in the mass poisoning.
The U.S. military reported that three
marines died in Anbar province on Sunday and one
soldier died Monday in Baghdad. This brings the total of American deaths
in October to 33. The deaths of three other soldiers over the weekend had already
In Baghdad: Police found at least 40
corpses throughout the city. In the Sadr City neighborhood, gunmen
kidnapped 11 soldiers from a checkpoint. Near the near Al-Mudallal mosque
in Al-Ateefiya suburb, six
civilians were also kidnapped.
A car bomb
killed at least 13 and wounded 46 in the Shaab district. The explosive went
off on a street in the Shalal market as shops were closing for the evening.
In a western neighborhood, gunmen
killed two security guards.
Also in the capital, gunmen dressed as policemen stormed the Sulaikh district
home of Major
General Amer al-Hashimi and killed
him; they also killed an unknown number of bodyguards and kidnapped his
son. Earlier in the year, his sister and brother had been assassinated. Al-Hashimi
was the brother of Iraqi Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi; his Iraqi Islamic
Party is the largest Sunni bloc in parliament.
Elsewhere in Baghdad, Abdul-Sattar Abdullah Al-Mashhadani was
killed at a sectarian militia checkpoint. He was a native Iraqi who worked
for Life for Relief and Development, a humanitarian aid organization based in
In Baquba, Gunmen killed
Colonel Faleh al-Obeidi and Lt. Col.
Salih al-Karkhi in separate events. In a village near town, a roadside bomb
policemen and wounded three others.
In Basra, a bomb planted in Galli Najimís car
exploded, killing one bodyguard and wounding two others. Najim, who was
not in the car at the time, is the head of the Iraqi National Accord in Basra,
a party run by former Prime Minister Iyad Allaw.
In Falluja, gunmen
killed a policemen.
Outside of Khalida, police found
a body, which was shot in the head.
Mortars fell on Mussayabís residential district. One
man was killed, two others wounded.
Near the Jordanian border at Trebil, a suicide
car bomber rammed a police checkpoint wounding six officers and commandos.
In Tal Afar, a suicide
car bomber killed a policeman and wounded 13 others at a police checkpoint.
In Kirkuk, two
policemen died in an armed attack.
In Khalis, gunmen
shot dead police Lt. Col. Ahmed Taha and another officer. When a patrol
arrived to investigate, a roadside
bomb exploded, killing two more officers and wounding one other.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis