21 Iraqis Killed Ahead of Provincial Elections

Wednesday: 21 Killed, 47 Wounded

by , June 19, 2013

Ahead of tomorrow’s provincial elections, security forces have taken various methods to prevent violence. Still, at least 21 people were killed and 47 more were wounded.

In al-Hadr, a suicide bomber at the home of a political leader killed him and four relatives. Six more people were wounded.

Eight people were killed and 25 more were wounded when a pair of homemade bombs exploded at a soccer field in Muqdadiya.

Gunmen attacked a Suleiman Beg home belonging to a former lawmaker. An engineer and a policeman were killed in the attack, and four people were wounded.

A landmine leftover from the 1991 Gulf War killed two people in Samawa.

Two gunmen were killed in a failed attempt to blow up a polling center in Mosul.

A bomb in Garma killed a counter-terrorism officer and wounded three of his brothers during a family outing.

In Baghdad, a bomb wounded six people in Shula.

In Kirkuk, gunmen wounded a senior military officer. Two soldiers were wounded in a hand grenade attack on their checkpoint.

A bomb targeting a political candidate in Hit left no casualties. Another political candidate escaped an assassination attempt yesterday.

Security was tightened at the Diyala province council building after shots were fired during a protest.

Except for the international highway, all roads in Anbar province will be closed due to the provincial elections.

A curfew was imposed in Ninewa province to ensure security for the elections.

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