Updated at 10:40 p.m. EST, Nov. 4, 2006
Security forces in Iraq are on high
alert awaiting the Sunday outcome of Saddam Hussein’s trial. Hoping to curb
any violence the expected guilty verdict might incite, authorities have also
ordered a special curfew
in Baghdad and other parts of the country. However, these measures did not prevent
a violent clash in southeastern Baghdad. At least 53
gunmen died in the battle. Including these deaths, 102 Iraqis were killed
and 65 wounded today. Also, four Russians were hurt in a mortar attack on
a power plant.
Late Friday night on the Baghdad-Kirkuk highway, a bomb killed
five of President Talabani’s personal guards and wounded two others; Talabani
is in France. Meanwhile in northern Baghdad, gunmen killed
reporter Ahmed Al-Rasheed who was recently working for Al Sharqia television,
Russians were injured when a mortar struck the power plant that they were
working on near Basra. Today, gunmen wounded
two of Prime Minister Maliki’s bodyguards in Yusufiya.
In Baghdad, up to 15
unidentified bodies were discovered late Friday into Saturday; they bore
signs of torture and gunshot wounds. In western Baghdad, gunmen in a car killed
three people and wounded five others. A car bomb in the Babel area killed
two and wounded three others. In eastern Baghdad's al-Talbiya neighborhood,
a car bomb killed
two and wounded five. Mortars fell on a police station and crowded marketplace;
one civilian were killed and eight others were injured. In northern neighborhood,
mortars also fell on a mosque, killing
five and wounding 17 others. Also, a criminal
law professor was kidnapped from his home.
wounded in Suwayrah when a cycle bomb exploded in a marketplace. Three
bodies were also fished out of the Tigris.
In separate incidents in Mosul, five
people were shot dead.
In Mahmudiya, a car bomb killed
one civilian and wounded three others.
a civilian in Diwaniya; four were subsequently arrested.
In two separate events in Mosul, four
Iraqis were injured.
In Zaafarana, a clash between gunmen and policemen in a market left an unspecified
number of Iraqis injured.
A woman and
her son were shot dead and another three wounded in Latifiya.
In Kirkuk, a sniper killed
a policeman as his team was difusing a bomb.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis