The violence in Iraq continued on Sunday and overnight Saturday leaving at least 107 dead and 70 wounded. Among the dead are two American soldiers, a senior Iraqi police official, a police chief and a Shi’ite cleric. This includes US/Iraqi fighting in Diwaniya resulting in the deaths of 30 militiamen.
Two U.S. soldiers were killed in separate incidents. An explosive device killed a soldier assigned to a combat team in Mosul; the location of the death was not released. A second soldier died from small-arms fire northwest of Baghdad.
In Baghdad: The body of Col. Thamer Salman, a senior police official in the internal affairs department of Iraq’s Interior Ministry, was found; he had been shot to death. A bomb targeting a police patrol injured 20 in Nasr Square. Another roadside bomb in Tyran square killed one and injured nine others. Six Iraqi police were wounded by a roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad. In the Wazariya neighborhood, a mortar blasted a police patrol; one officer was killed and two others wounded. Another roadside bomb in a southern neighborhood wounded one police officer. And two simultaneous bombs wounded up to 20 Iraqis. An explosion wounded six near Mustansiriya University. The others were injured in nearby Victory Square.
Also in the capital, Police recovered the bodies of 15 people who were shot to death and possibly tortured. Gunmen also shot dead cleric Abdul Hadi Muhiey, the Iman of a Shi’ite mosque. Three more bodies were pulled from the Tigris River; they were shot and showed signs of torture. Gunmen killed an employee of the Sharqia satellite channel, while he was driving his car in the Yarmouk neighborhood and an Iraqi soldier in the Mansour district.
Outside a hospital in Muqdadiya, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives, killing two people and wounding seven.
In Baquba, five people were killed in separate gun attacks.
A roadside blast in Tikrit killed four civilians and wounded two others.
In Samarra, gunmen shot to death an Iraqi policeman and his 8-year-old son as they left a mosque.
Mortar rounds killed one and wounded two others in Iskandariya.
At Jurf al-Sakhar, gunmen attacked a police patrol recovering a dumped body. One officer was wounded.
Gunmen killed a farmer in Ishaqi.
In Baiji, gunmen killed a university student.
In Khaldiya, police found three dumped bodies. They were blindfolded, shot and showed evidence of torture.
The police chief of Rabia, Colonel Yahya Hamed Raheem, was killed by a roadside bomb near the Syrian border.
In Diyala, Iraqi authorities announced the deaths of at least 13 al-Qaeda operatives during the last few days.
A roadside bomb in the province of Salaheddin killed four.
In Haditha, gunmen killed five people.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis