Updated at 4:30 p.m. EDT, June 7, 2009
Eight Iraqis were killed and three were wounded in the latest attacks. Six people, at least one a Christian, were kidnapped near Mosul.
In Mosul, gunmen killed a police officer in the Faisaliyah neighborhood. Two bodies were found south of the city, while a third body was found in a north section of the city. Last night, two Iraqi policemen were killed in a gun battle. Another firefight resulted in the arrest of 23 suspects. Late in the day, two hospital guards were kidnapped, then found dead nearby.
Four civilians, at least one a Christian, were kidnapped in al-Akha’ weh al-Bakr, which is a predominantly Christian area east of Mosul.
An armor-piercing grenade struck a U.S. vehicle in Basra, but no casualties were reported. Five suspects were captured in a western region of the province, while defusing I.E.D.s and seizing other munitions.
A judicial delegation is in Amara to investigate prisoner complaints of extended incarcerations without trials. The prisoners are on a hunger strike. Many Iraqis have been incarcerated for months or years without trial. An amnesty law was supposed to have made releasing innocent prisoners easier.
Just across the border in eastern Turkey, a Kurdish fighter was killed and two more were wounded in a landmine blast. The fighters are part of Turkish security forces. The landmine is believed to have been planted by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels.
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