At least one Iraqi was killed 31 more were wounded in new violence. Clashes in Nasariya may have left even more wounded. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government is already warning Iraqis of summertime power shortages.
The Oil and Energy Committee at the House of Representatives reports that energy shortages will continue through at least 2014, and they may even be worse this summer. Security fears and even outright corruption have stalled attempts to add to the infrastructure. Committee member M.P. Farhad Atrushi said the corruption has eroded the Ministry of Electricity, which at best spent allocated money frivolously. During past summers, Iraqis have demonstrated against shortages. Some of the protests, particularly in the south, turned into riots.
A roadside bomb wounded six people at a home in Shirqat.
Ten policemen were wounded during clashes with cleric Mahmoud Sarkhi’s followers in Nasariya. The number of civilian casualties was not reported.
A sticky bomb wounded a man in Mussayab.
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