Updated 10:50 a.m. EDT, Oct. 25, 2006
In Iraq, Eid al-Fitr continued today and so did the attacks. Even though the violence was tempered by the holiday, 54 Iraqis were killed and another 52 were wounded. The U.S. military reported that a Baghdad-based soldier died at 2:15 a.m from an explosive device planted in the city. A sailor and two Marines were killed on Monday due to “enemy action” in western Anbar Province. An American soldier is still missing in the capital; gunmen reportedly kidnapped him from a relative’s home.
In Baghdad, 14 bodies were found throughout the city or in the Tigris River. Clashes between gunmen and police at the Diyala bridge left three dead and 12 wounded. In the Zaafaraniya neighborhood, clashes between gunmen and police left two civilians dead and eight others wounded. A bomb inside a Sadriya district ice cream shop killed one and injured seven others, while in northern Baghdad, a bomb laden car that was parked between a mosque and a coffee shop killed two and injured 11 others when it was detonated. Another car bomb killed two and wounded three in the Hurriya neighborhood.
In Falluja, U.S. troops mistakenly killed four Iraqi firefighters after receiving a report that a firetruck had been hijacked.
In Kirkuk, a roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol killed two soldiers and wounded another. Meanwhile, separate roadside bombs wounded three policemen and two civilians. A bodyguard and five children were injured when an explosive device set near a police station was detonated.
Two more policemen met their deaths at the hands of militiamen in Amarah, where Shi’ite on Shi’ite revenge attacks have occurred since the death of a police official last week.
In Anbar, the U.S. Army killed six gunmen and arrested four others after a firefight.
Two died near the Syrian border when a bomb exploded at a market in the town of Qaim.
Police in Amarah reported two officers had been killed by militiamembers.
The U.S. military reported the following day that 12 people were killed with “precision munitions” as they were traveling in a car. The 12 were suspected of preparing to plant a roadside bomb.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis