Sunni MP Under Arrest As Attacks Leave 33 Dead, 52 Wounded

At least 33 people were killed and 52 more were wounded in fresh violence. In the most chilling event, Iraqi forces arrived at the home of a member of parliament to arrest him.

Security forces arrived at the Ramadi home of M.P. Ahmed al-Awlani to arrest him and his brother on terrorism charges that likely stem from the lawmaker’s criticism of the Shi’ite-led government. Awlani was detained, but not before a clash between his guards and security forces erupted at the compound. Awlani’s brother, a soldier and five guards were killed, and another 17 people were wounded. A sister was reported to have been among the dead, and Awlani was treated for injuries. The arrest could signal renewed suppression of Sunni politicians by Shi’ite P.M. Nouri al-Maliki.

Also in Ramadi, a dumped body bearing gunshot wounds was found in an area used for protests.

In Mosul, two soldiers were killed and three more were wounded in a suicide blast. Later, three suicide bombers stormed a station, where they killed three people and wounded 12 others, both police and civilians. An I.E.D. injured two civilians. Another bomb wounded a colonel.

In Riyadh, gunmen killed three Sahwa members and wounded four more. One gunman was also killed and another was wounded.

A bomb in Falluja killed a police officer; one bodyguard was also killed and two more were wounded. A roadside bomb killed one soldier and wounded two more.

A policeman was killed and five others were wounded when a bomb exploded in Haditha.

In Tikrit, gunmen killed a former police commander from Dour. Three policemen were shot to death.

Four gunmen were killed in Baghdad.

Gunmen wounded a woman and her son in Mandali.

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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.