73 Killed, 79 Wounded in Ongoing Iraq Bloodshed

by , April 24, 2014

Once again, many militants were reported killed across Anbar province. While independent figures are impossible to obtain, the numbers hint at the carnage currently underway in the province. However, even more civilians and security members were killed today. Most of the casualties were in scattered violence across Iraq, including Anbar. The worst attacked occurred at a checkpoint in Hilla.

In Anbar:

Shelling in Falluja killed six people and wounded nine more. Flooding caused by the militant takeover of a dam has forced 1,700 families to flee their homes.

Six gunmen were killed during a raid in al-Jazira. One soldier was killed in the raid, and three more were wounded. It has been a rare occurrence for the Iraqi government to admit army casualties during battles in Anbar.

In Rutba, two policemen were killed and three more were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded. A sticky bomb killed three more.

A clash in Saqlawiya left two gunmen dead and three injured.

Gunmen blew up a polling center in Mohammadi and killed three policemen.

Two policemen were killed and two more were wounded by a roadside blast on a highway in a southern region.

Security forces arrested 19 Iraqis and five foreign nationals who attempted to hold an ISIL/DAASH parade in Albu Bali.

Security forces killed 12 militants in Albu Abeid.

In Ramadi, security forces killed an al-Qaeda emir and his assistant.

Four militants were killed in Amiriyat al-Falluja.

Elsewhere:

Eleven people were killed and 27 more were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a Hilla checkpoint.

Gunmen killed four soldiers at a checkpoint south of Jahesh.

A bomb targeting a police chief’s home in Tikrit instead killed one civilian bystander and wounded five members of his family. Another bomb wounded a Sahwa member.

A bomb killed a police officer in Gatoun and also wounded another officer and a policeman.

In Mosul, two civilians were shot dead in separate incidents. A roadside bomb intended for police killed one civilian and wounded two more. A civilian was wounded in a roadside blast.

In Saniya, a sticky bomb planted on a taxi killed its driver. Two bombs at a polling center killed five guards and wounded five more.

Twelve people were wounded in Kirkuk, when a bomb blew up near a hospital.

A bomb wounded four civilians in Qayara.

In Balad, an I.E.D. wounded two Sahwa members.

A roadside bomb in Jalawla wounded an educational supervisor.

A gunman was killed in a clash in Shora.

Security forces repelled an incursion from Syria in Nineva province. One border guard was killed, as was one gunman.

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