Iraq Soldiers Caught in Booby-Trap; 72 Killed, 82 Wounded

At least 72 people were killed and 82 more were wounded. The violence was heavy across Anbar today

Anbar:

A booby-trapped home in Garma was being searched when explosives were set off. Then, gunmen shot at soldiers who arrived at the blast site. At least 15 soldiers were killed and 24 more were wounded. Two more soldiers were killed when mortars struck a post.

Eleven militants were killed and 19 more were wounded during a clash near Khalidiya.

Clashes in Ramadi left 10 dead, including six militants and four security personnel. A voting center was blown up.

The army continued shelling Falluja, where one civilian died and nine more were wounded. A later round of artillery fire left two more dead and six wounded. Six militants were also killed.

Elsewhere:

A bomb in Tarmiya killed three soldiers and wounded seven more.

In Baghdad, two soldiers were killed and two more were wounded in a blast in Arab Jabour. Six militants were killed.

In Mosul, three gunmen were killed. A bomb killed two soldiers and wounded three more.

Gunmen killed a colonel and three soldiers in Mahmoudiya.

One person was killed and three more were wounded when a bomb attached to a taxi exploded in Mussayab.

A bomb killed a soldier and wounded an officer and a soldier in Muqdadiya.

A roadside bomb in Shura killed one soldier and wounded two more.

Police killed a man trying to plant a bomb in Baiji.

In Jalawla, police shot dead a leader of the Naqshabandiya group.

Two soldiers were wounded in a blast in Naft Khana.

Gunmen ordered 20 families to move out of their homes in Jurf al-Sakhar.

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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.