Updated at 10:37 p.m. EDT, June 24, 2009
Despite a major bombing in Baghdad, the White House reiterated that U.S. troops will leave Iraqi cities by the end of the month as planned. At least 82 Iraqis were killed and 206 more were wounded in the Baghdad attack and elsewhere. No Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile, an Iraqi girl who was blinded and disfigured in a 2006 Sadr City bombing has returned home to Iraq following reconstructive surgery in London.
In Mosul, gunmen lobbed a grenade at a U.S. patrol in Bab al-Toub but wounded eight Iraqi civilians instead. A roadside bomb in the Farooq neighborhood killed one policeman and wounded four more. In Denedan last night, a roadside bomb killed one army officer and wounded five more people, including two civilians. The body of a woman was found on the banks of the Tigris River. Gunmen also killed an off-duty policeman.
In Baghdad, a bomb targeting a U.S. patrol in Habbibiya wounded two civilians instead. A sniper wounded a security guard at the labor ministry. One young man was killed and 10 other Iraqis were wounded during an evening blast in the Jihad neighborhood. A bomb in Saidiya wounded four more people.
Six people were wounded during a roadside bombing in Hawija.
In Muqdadiya, a bomb exploded at an Awakening Council (Sahwa) checkpoint and wounded one Sahwa member.
A body was discovered in a Fallujah area orchard.
A man was killed while planting a roadside bomb in Rashad.
A bomb planted on a car in Iskandariya wounded its driver. The bombing took place near the the State Company for Car Manufacturing.
A bomb in Qara Tara destroyed the Imam Ibrahim shrine.
Over 130,000 detainees have been released courtesy of a general amnesty law.
A hostage was freed in Kut.
Nineteen suspects were arrested in Basra province.
Thirty-one suspects were arrested in Dhi Qar province.
Eight suspects were detained in Missan province.
In Diyala, 790 trainees graduated from a month-long police program.
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