Updated at 7:58 p.m. EDT, May 12, 2009
At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 33 more were wounded in today’s attacks. The number of casualties in a suicide bombing in Kirkuk could rise. No Coalition deaths were reported, but authorities identified the U.S. soldier who killed five fellow soldiers yesterday in Baghdad. Meanwhile, a man claiming to be Abu Omar al-Baghdadi said he was not in Iraqi custody. Also, it seems that the central government has again changed its mind on Kurdish oil sales.
A suicide bomber killed seven people, five policemen and three civilians, and wounded 18 others in Kirkuk. A second bomb exploded across town, but no casualties were reported. That bomb or perhaps a third bomb targeted the Asayesh (Kurdish secret police) forces director and his driver.
The body of a 13-year-old girl was discovered in Mandali. Two days ago gunmen stormed her home and kidnapped her.
Six Iraqi soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb in Khanaqin was detonated.
In Mosul, a controlled detonation of a bomb lightly wounded a spectator. An I.E.D. wounded another person. Gunmen killed a soldier at a checkpoint. Also, about a thousand Arab Ninewans protested the presence of Kurdish fighters in the province. One demostration took place in Mosul and the other in Bashiqa.
A roadside bomb exploded in Tikrit seriously wounding the driver of an oil tanker and setting his vehicle ablaze.
Four people were wounded during a roadside bomb attack in Abu Ghraib.
In Baghdad, three suicide bombers were captured in al-Qura along with a number of improvised bombs. In Ghazaliya, police freed a physician and his daughter and arrested their kidnappers. Two people were wounded when a bomb exploded next to a restaurant in Arsat.
The director of a forgery gang was arrested in Basra. Through counterfeit documents the gang was able to steal 92 oil tankers.
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