Updated at 3:25 p.m. EDT, July 5, 2011
At least 47 Iraqis were killed and 59 were wounded in the latest round of attacks. The worst occurred just north of Baghdad in Taji. Meanwhile, 100 lawmakers signed a petition demanding the withdrawal of U.S. troops on schedule at the end of the year.
At least 37 people were killed and as many as 54 others were wounded in a double bombing in Taji. Conflicting casualty figures are common in Iraq, especially after large attacks as these. Taji is predominantly Sunni and usually only suffers minor violence, but large-scale attacks may be on the rise. Only six weeks ago, a suicide bomber killed 14 soldiers and left dozens more wounded. A car bomb exploded first, drawing first responders to a second roadside bomb. Witnesses described burnt bodies and said that about 20 cars were ignited by the blast or blasts.
In Baghdad, two people have died of injuries received in yesterday’s attack on the Rasheed Hotel.
Two bombs exploded outside a policeman’s home in Haswa, drawing in the victims. The homeowner was killed and two others were wounded.
Near Hawija, three Sahwa were gunned down.
A man was killed in a drive-by attack in Rashad.
Last night in Mussayab gunmen killed a policeman.
A policeman was killed in Iskandariya.
In Jurf al-Sakhar, a Sahwa member was wounded when a bomb hidden inside a water pump at his farm exploded.
A traffic officer was wounded during an assassination attempt in Mosul.
One soldier was killed and another was wounded during an attack on a Falluja checkpoint.
The five-year-old daughter of a Salah ad-Din policeman was kidnapped from in front of her home in Tikrit.
Suspected PKK gunmen are being sought in connection with the shooting deaths of two Turkish soldiers in Turkey.
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