Bombers Return to Baghdad; 78 Killed, 116 Wounded

A bombing spree took place across Baghdad today, leaving dozens dead or injured. Also, a northern city was retaken from the control of militants. At least 76 were killed and 116 were wounded.

Security forces retook Suleiman Bek from militants for the second time this week. At least 15 militants were killed today. Four civilians and eight were wounded since the takeover first began last Thursday. Security forces took back the town almost immediately last week, but then left the area, and militants were able to make a second attempt. The city is in Salah ad Din province.

Ten militants were killed during an operation in Anbar.

A suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint near Sahwa leader Abu Risha’s home in Ramadi, where he killed three policemen and wounded six more.

An unreported number of militants were killed during an air strike in Qaim.

In Baghdad, a blast killed 10 people and wounded 26 more at a market in the Ur neighborhood. Nine people were killed and 30 more were wounded in a bombing at a Karrada market. A bomb killed four people and wounded 15 more in Ghazaliya. A blast at a mosque in Amil left two dead and nine wounded. An I.E.D. in Saba al-Boor left one dead and five wounded. A sticky bomb killed one person and wounded three more in Shoala. A policeman was shot dead. A kidnapped girl was rescued.

A child and two civilians were killed, and seven policemen were wounded in a roadside blast in Qayara.

In Mosul, a bomb killed a child and wounded the mother. Gunmen killed a mokhtar. Gunmen attacked a checkpoint where they killed one policeman and wounded another. Two oil technicians were wounded in a bomb blast targeting a pipeline.

A roadside bomb killed three soldiers and wounded three more in Muqdadiya.

In Jbela, gunmen killed three civilians.

Two Sahwa members were shot dead in Taza.

Gunmen killed a civilian in Tarmiya.

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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.