Updated at 9:55 p.m. EDT, Oct. 20, 2006
As hostilities between the Mahdi Army and local police in the Maysan Province
grew in intensity, today’s number of reported casualties in Iraq climbed to
52 dead and 120 injured. Also, a U.S.
soldier was killed early this morning when his vehicle was struck by
an explosive device.
Southwest of Baghdad, a bomb blast struck a vehicle in which an American soldier
was riding, killing
him. In the Risala district of the capital, U.S. forces raided a Shi’ite
mosque after an explosion within the building; one
person was killed. An explosive device at the Sulaikh crossing injured
two policemen. Also, a roadside bomb killed
one civilian and wounded three others in the Doura district.
Twenty-five were killed
injured in police clashes with the Mahdi Army at several police stations
in Amarah today. The Iraqi army and British forces lent support to the police.
Earlier this week, the death of Ali Qassim al-Tamimi, a police intelligence
officer, and the retaliatory kidnapping of a Mahdi leader’s brother triggered
an increase in violence in the southern province, which culminated in today’s
multiple attacks. Witnesses say that hundreds of militiamen were involved.
Fifteen mortars fell on Balad, killing
nine and injuring 12. Outside the city, militiamen attacked two Sunni villages,
but casualty figures were not released.
a worker and three others who work at a U.S. base near Baiji.
Former police chief, Brigadier
Sabar al-Janabi was killed in front of his Falluja home.
three and wounded three others in Khalis.
militia members were killed by coalition forces in Muqdadiyah.
In Aziziyah, gunmen stormed a home and killed
nine members of a Shi'ite family.
In other deaths, an inmate
at Camp Bucca died yesterday of natural causes. This is the second death
there this month.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis