Almost two-dozen Iraqis were killed in an ambush in Anbar province, where uniformed gunmen attacked two busloads of pilgrims. At least 30 Iraqis were killed and 23 more were wounded in this and other attacks across the country. Meanwhile, the guerilla war between the Kurdistan Workers Party (P.P.K.) and Turkey took another five lives.
Gunmen at a fake checkpoint near Nikhaib intersection in Anbar province stopped two buses carrying Iraqi pilgrims. The women were forced off a bus and the men were transported a few kilometers away where the 22 of them were killed. Security forces found the women by the side of the road hours later and a search for the men lead to their bodies. One of the survivors said that the gunmen had been wearing military uniforms. The group was traveling between the holy city of Karbala and the Sayyida Zainab shrine in Damascus, Syria. At the height of sectarian violence, fake checkpoints such as this were a common occurrence.
A blast in Falluja killed two people and wounded four others.
Gunmen killed a cleric in Baquba.
In Muqdadiya, a woman was shot to death.
A roadside bomb in Buhriz blasted a bus, wounding two people, including a Sahwa member.
Gunmen in Taza wounded a farmer.
A blast targeting police in Riyadh wounded a civilian instead.
Suspected Kurdish rebels attacked a police station and paramilitary police headquarters in Şemdinli, Turkey, killing five people and wounding 10 others. A Kurdish news agency reported that the civilian deaths were from crossfire in the two-hour-clash that followed the initial attack.
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