At least eight Iraqis were killed and 47 more were wounded in today’s attacks, but good news came out of Iraq as well. An Iraqi-American contractor held hostage in Iraq was released in good health into U.S. custody. Also, a bomb attack in Qaim apparently killed an Iraqiya candidate.
An Iraqi-American contractor believed kidnapped by League of the Righteous (Asa’ib al-Haq) is back in U.S. hands. No details about Issa Salomi’s return were given, but the extremist group released a statement claiming the Iraqi government freed four of its members in trade for him. A curfew is in effect.
At least six people were killed during a coordinated series of bombs at a construction site in Qaim. The first bomb exploded at a partially built home belonging to the brother of an Iraqiya party candidate, who is listed among the dead. No one was at the site, but four bombs hidden around the area later blasted gathering onlookers. As many as 29 others were wounded.
In Mosul, a Christian woman and her three daughters were wounded in a bomb attack on their home. A civilian was wounded in a blast in Farouq. Clashes between police and gunmen left one civilian dead and another wounded. Two civilians were wounded when a bomb targeting a police patrol blasted them. Four suspects were arrested in 17 Tammuz, where a vehicle ban is in effect. Fourteen suspects were detained throughout the city. No casualties were reported after gunmen blew up the abandoned home of a tribal chief in Thawra.
A motorcycle bomb wounded one person last night in Fallujah.
A bomb wounded one person without leaving casualties in Albo Ebeid.
The leader of an oil-smuggling gang was arrested in Karbala.