Thursday: 7 Iraqis Killed, 21 Wounded
At least seven Iraqis were killed, including a suspected al-Qaeda operative, and 21 more were wounded in new violence. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani said the controversial ADE-651 bomb detector would be removed from service if tests prove it to be useless. Also, Britain awaits the testimony of former-Prime Minster Tony Blair tomorrow at the Iraq Inquiry.
In Mosul, U.S. military officials announced the death of a suspect believed to be a key al-Qaeda operative. Abu Khalaf was killed when he attacked a guard during an escape attempt. Four people were killed and three more were wounded during a blast. Three suspects were arrested separately and accused of the 2008 murder of local journalists.
Four people were wounded in a mortar attack in Zap.
In Baghdad, a sniper hiding in a Karrada neighborhood building killed one policeman and wounded a second who were stationed at a checkpoint. Gunmen in Adel killed a Sunni Imam. In Wehda, a policeman was injured during a small arms attack. Two forgery gangs were captured. A joint U.S.-Iraqi force arrested seven suspects.
Five explosive belts were discovered in an abandoned house in Rutba.
At a hearing in Nasariya, two defendants confessed to attending a beheading that was screened in the courtroom.
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