Tuesday: 2 Coalition Soldiers Killed; 67 Iraqis Killed, 61 Wounded

Updated at 6:25 p.m. EST, Nov. 1, 2006

As curfews lift in war-torn Iraq, the violence slowly returns. At least 67 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another 61 were wounded in several locations throughout the country. The deaths of two coalition soldiers, one American and one British, were also announced.

The U.S. military reported that an American soldier was killed late Monday night in northwest Baghdad after a roadside bomb struck his vehicle and injured him. A British soldier was also killed when a coalition base in Basra came under attack from small arms fire. Recently, staff members from the British consulate in Basra were evacuated due to recurrent mortar attacks. Coalition forces also reported killing two al Qaeda suspects and arresting another two in a gunbattle in Baiji.

In the capital, 10 bodies were found late Monday and early Tuesday; some showed the usual signs of torture. Five people were killed and another 26 wounded by falling mortars this morning in the Azamiyah district. Later in the same neighborhood, an explosion of unknown origin killed 17 and injured 20 at the Greyaat Cafe. Also, gunmen attacked a Civil Defense center in southeastern Baghdad; four people were kidnapped but two were later released.

Fifteen bodies were fished out of the Tigris at Suwayrah; they were bound, blindfolded and bore gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

In Kirkuk, gunmen shot dead a policeman.

Two bodies and severed head were discovered in Mahmudiya.

In Falluja, a roadside bomb that was targeting a U.S. patrol killed three civilians instead; eight others were wounded. A second source placed the numbers of dead and injured at seven and 10 respectively.

In Basra, a bomb attack killed one and wounded seven others.

Six Iraqi soldiers were killed in separate events involving a sniper and a roadside bomb in the town of Karmah.


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.