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October 18, 2006
Wednesday: 78 Iraqis Killed, 46 Injured

Updated at 12:40 p.m. EDT, Oct. 19, 2006

In a relatively quiet day for Iraqi citizens, 78 Iraqis are known dead and another 44 have suffered injuries due to ongoing violence in the country. The U.S. military announced that one American soldier died today and 10 American servicemen were killed on Tuesday. Also, the death of a British security guard was confirmed today.

This afternoon an American soldier died from small-arms fire south of Baghdad. The Dept. of Defense also released information about 10 other servicemen who had died yesterday in Iraq. Three American soldiers were killed west of Baghdad when a roadside bomb blasted their vehicle. Another roadside bomb left a soldier dead just north of the capital. Another three were killed and one injured as the result of "enemy action" in Diyala Province. In Northern Baghdad, a soldier was killed by small-arms fire, and a Marine died in Anbar Province from "wounds sustained during enemy action." The family of a British security guard killed while on patrol announced today that the former army commando died on Oct. 11 in Baghdad.

In central Baghdad, a car bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol wounded five civilians instead. A roadside bomb killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded two others in the Yarmouk district. Eight were wounded in downtown Baghdad when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the Higher Education ministry. A booby-trapped car on Kifah Street killed one civilian and wounded 12 others. Gunmen shot dead a police officer in eastern Baghdad. An explosive device in Maysalon Square wounded another policeman. And mortars fell on Algeria Square, killing three people and wounding six others. And 31 more bodies were discovered dumped around the capital.

Near Hillah, a police officer was found shot dead.

In Suwayra, gunmen killed a policeman and a former member of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party. A guard was shot dead while he was escorting an electrical repair team. Also, three bound and blindfolded bodies were recovered from the Tigris River.

On a highway between Amarah and Basra, Ali Qassim al-Tamimi, head of intelligence for the Maysan provincial police force, was killed along with four bodyguards when a roadside bomb blasted their vehicle.

Near Kirkuk, three Iraqi soldiers were killed and three others wounded by a roadside bomb.

The police captain of Baladiyat, Imad Abbas, was killed when gunmen fired upon his car.

In Diyala, 20 more bodies were found on Wednesday, bringing the 24-hour total there to 68 corpses.

Gunmen killed a police officer in Fallujah.

In the al-Refae'e neighborhood, an official from the city of Mosul's real-estate department was shot dead at his home. An explosion at a Kurdish National Alliance headquarters left one guard dead and another injured. Another explosion injured four in the Nabi Younis neighborhood.

In separate attacks in Tal Afar, two civilians were killed by gunfire and four women were injured in a bomb blast.

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

 
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