Security Personnel and Students Among 17 Killed in Iraq

Wednesday: 17 killed, 20 Wounded

by , December 12, 2012

At least 17 Iraqis were killed and 20 more were wounded in the latest violence; however, one lucky man condemned to death received a stay of exection.

The Iraqi government postponed the execution of a Yemeni man who may have been 16-years-old when he was picked up on terrorism charges in Iraq. Although the government insists Saleh Moussa Ahmed al-Baidany was an adult at the time, his family has a birth certificate proving otherwise. Minors cannot be sentenced to death in Iraq.

A recently transferred inmate at a Baghdad prison managed to smuggle an explosives belt inside, where he wounded seven people, including himself, when he detonated it; three policemen were among the wounded.

Four policemen were killed in a shooting in Falluja. A bomb killed one civilian and wounded another.

In Mosul, two off-duty policemen were shot dead. Gunmen stormed a bus where they killed a civilian; police arrived and killed one gunman. A bomb wounded three people, including a civilian. Gunmen killed one university student and wounded another.

In Abu Ghraib, two soldiers were killed and another was wounded in a blast. Another bombing left one policeman dead and two more wounded. Four people were wounded, including two off-duty soldiers when a roadside bomb blasted a civilian car.

Gunmen killed a police captain in Mahmoudiya.

A sticky bomb killed two students and wounded a professor at Tikrit University.

A bomb killed an officer from the Dijla Operations Command while in Tuz Khormato.

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