Dozens Wounded in Iraqi Kurdistan riots, 12 Iraqis Killed Elsewhere

Updated at 2:05 p.m. EST, Dec. 4, 2011

Riots broke out after a provocative sermon in Iraqi Kurdistan, leaving about 32 people were wounded in them. At least 12 Iraqis were killed and 23 more were wounded across Iraq in other violence.

Thirty-two people were reported wounded after riots in Iraqi Kurdistan. The disturbances began shortly after midday prayers in Zakho, where liquor stores, massage parlors and hotels took the brunt of the looting. Retaliatory attacks concentrated on Kurdistan Islamic Union offices in both Zakho and nearby Duquq. An activist with the Islamic Union blamed the violence against his group on rival Kurdistan Democratic Party. Later, security forces prevented K.I.U. demonstrators from staging further rallies. Security was tightened in Suleimaniya, where large, Arab Spring-like demonstrations took place earlier this year.

A woman was killed and 16 others were wounded when three I.E.D.’s were detonated in Aoroba.

Three brothers were killed during a home invasion in Baaj.

In Mosul, gunmen killed two people. Police returned fire, killing a gunman. A hand grenade wounded a policeman.

A bomb targeting police in Iskandariya killed three bystanders.

In Baghdad, gunmen killed a brigadier general and his wife. A bomb in Camp Sara wounded three civilians.

Three people were wounded in a blast in Anaz.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has
been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.