Iraq: 36 Killed in Attacks and Jailbreak

At least 36 Iraqis were killed and 50 more were wounded in Thursday’s violence. As expected, the number of casualties connected to a jailbreak in Tikrit rose in the hours following the attack, but separate sources continued to give conflicting reports, even a day later.

A deadly jailbreak took place at Tasfeerat jail in Tikrit. Insurgents wearing police uniforms and driving vehicles resembling those that police use stormed the prison. According to some reports perhaps over 200 escaped, with 81 of them being al-Qaeda suspects. The jail housed pre-tail detainees.

The jailbreak apparently began with suicide bombing at an entrance and was followed by riots inside the jail. At least 33 escapees were re-captured immediately, but not before clashes took place on the streets of Tikrit.

As many as 19 security personnel were killed and 30 more were wounded. Only eight detainees were reported among the dead, and another 16 were wounded. The prison director was among the wounded.

In other violence:

Four civilians were killed and two more were wounded when a bomb exploded at a home near Falluja.

Soldiers in Mosul killed a gunman and arrested three more. A civilian was gunned down. They body of a young girl was discovered.

Gunmenwounded a Sahwa member in Jurf al-Sakhar.

A blast inside a blacksmith’s shop in Mahmoudiya killed the owner and wounded his son.

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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.