Updated at 8:25 p.m. EDT, April 20, 2009
At least 19 Iraqis were killed and 11 more were wounded across the country. Eight U.S. soldiers were wounded alongside them during a brazen attack in Baquba.
A suicide bomber wearing a special forces uniform and explosives vest attacked a U.S. delegation visiting the mayoral headquarters in Baquba. Eleven Iraqis were killed, including civilians and a man working as a translator for the U.S. delegation. At least eight U.S. soldiers and seven Iraqi civilians were injured in the attack. Witnesses reported that the U.S. soldiers then began firing their weapons randomly. Iraqi police said that the casualty figures could have been much higher were it not for a number of armored vehicles shielding potential victims from the blast.
In Baghdad, gunmen in the Ghadir neighborhood killed a driver who worked for the Planning Ministry.
A body belonging to a girl was discovered near Makhmour. She had been shot to death.
A body bearing gunshots was discovered in a waterway in Mussayab.
A child found a grenade near a soccer field in al-Hindiya. It exploded as he was playing with it. He survived the blast but lost numerous fingers and sustained other injuries. Al-Hindiya is near Karbala.
In Fallujah, two young girls were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded near the home of an army captain related to them. Police were tipped off to another I.E.D., which was planted near the home of senior officer. It was safely defused.
A teenage gunman wounded two Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint near Baquba in Gatoun.
A foiled kidnapping attempt in Arbil left one kidnapper with two broken legs. The nine-year-old victim was released.
A roadside bomb in northern Basra blasted an M.N.F. patrol, but no casualties were reported.
A pair of Katyusha rockets struck Delta Base near Kut.
Police detained eight suspects in Karbala.
Eight Ansar al-Sunna suspects were captured in Tuz Khormato.
Four children suspected of being al-Qaeda members were detained in Kirkuk.
Amara police arrested 15 suspects.
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