56 Killed, 22 Wounded; Kurdish Politician, 2 GIs, Danish Soldier Killed Friday

Updated at 10:45 p.m. EDT, Oct. 6, 2006

Today’s reports from Iraq state that 56 people have been killed and 23 wounded in recent incidents related to the war or sectarian violence. Among the dead or injured are three soldiers, who succumbed to wounds received from combat; a member of the Iraqi parliament; and a Missouri lawmaker, who was wounded by sniper fire.

Near Baghdad, Rep. Jason Brown of Missouri took a bullet to his lung and was waiting to be moved from an Iraqi hospital to a military facility. The lawmaker, who is in the Army Reserve, was deployed in March and is up for re-election next month. Two U.S. soldiers died from injuries received during fighting in Anbar province earlier in the week. Also, Danish authorities reported the death of one of their soldiers from wounds received during combat near Basra; he was involved in a firefight in the Al Harta region and died in a British field hospital.

In Baghdad, Kurdish parliamentary sources reported that the bodies of Mohammad Ridha Mohammad, a parliamentary member from the Kurdish Alliance, and his driver were found dead. They had been kidnapped by gunmen hours earlier in northern Baghdad.

Also in Baghdad, police recovered the bodies of 35 people in the Sunni, western half of the capital. The bodies were tortured and shot in the head. In eastern Baghdad, five bodies were found in a Shi’te neighborhood; they were bound, shot and showed signs of torture. Mortars fell in the Qahira neighborhood, injuring seven people. Near the Shorja market, a separate mortar attack left no reported injuries. Also in Qahira, reports state that one person was killed and four wounded in a double bombing near a generator. In northeastern Baghdad, a string of bombs killed one and injured four others, including two firefighters who were responding to the first blast in the series. A suicide car bomber attempted to reach a checkpoint in the Abu Ghraib section of Baghdad, but was forced by fire from defensive forces to detonate early; the blast killed one and injured seven others.

Seven more bodies were discovered floating in the Tigris at Suwayrah.

Compiled by Margaret Griffis


Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.