At least 45 people were killed today, and another 122 were wounded. Clashes related to an Iraqi security operation took place in three Anbar province towns. Scattered violence occurred across central and northern Iraq.
The Iraqi government kept its promise to forcibly clear out a Sunni protest camp on a highway in Ramadi. At least 12 people were killed there and in nearby Hit, and as many as 40 more were wounded, including women and children, when demonstrators or insurgents exchanged gunfire with security forces. At least 44 lawmakers resigned as Sunni politicians urged resistance. Hundreds of people attempted to reach the camp today but were turned away.
Over the weekend, security forces had arrested a local member of parliament who supported the demonstrators. Shi’ite Prime Minister had told the demonstrators to clear themselves out ahead of the operation. Maliki claims that the camp was used to house insurgents.
In Mosul, a suicide bomber killed four people, including a civilian, and wounded three more. A sticky bomb wounded a corporal. Several bodyguards were wounded when a bomb targeting a lawmaker exploded.
A bomb killed two policemen and wounded four more in Tuz Khormato.
In Tikrit, a bomb targeting the vice chairman of the provincial council wounded four bodyguards. Four family members were wounded in the bombing of a policeman’s home. A policeman was killed and four more were wounded in a blast. Clashes left 11 civilians with injuries.
In Husseiniya, a civilian was killed and six more were wounded in a blast.
An imam was gunned down in Muqdadiya.
Two policemen were wounded in Baquba bombing.
Gunmen wounded a lieutenant colonel in Balad.
A sticky bomb wounded a colonel in Qayara.
In Rutba, security forces killed a gunman.
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