Updated at 11:58 a.m. EST, Nov. 13, 2006
Sunday’s casualty tally quickly rose to 217 Iraqis either killed or found dead and another 149 Iraqis injured after a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad and the discovery of 75 corpses in Baqouba. Foreign servicemembers were also subject to violence. Today, four British servicemen were killed, three injured, in an attack on their boat in Basra, and the U.S. military also reported that three American soldiers were killed in Anbar Province on Saturday. In other news, an official at the Baghdad morgue reported that approximately 1600 bodies were delivered to the morgue during the holy month of Ramadan. That averages out to over 50 a day.
In the volatile Anbar Province, three U.S. soldiers died from wounds sustained during enemy action on Saturday. Four British servicemembers were killed and another three were seriously injured when their boat came under attack today in Basra; it was hit by an "improvised explosive device" while they were on routine patrol in the Shatt al-Arab waterway. Coalition forces also came under attack in Hit yesterday. Although no casualties were reported among Coalition and Iraqi forces, three militiamen were killed and residents reported that U.S. forces also killed eight civilians.
In west-central Baghdad, two suicide bombers walked up to a police recruitment center in al-Nusur Square before detonating their cargo; at least 35 people were killed and another 65 injured. Gunmen killed a senior official and his driver, and 25 unidentified bodies were discovered on Sunday morning. Police also said that they rescued several officers responsible for guarding the offices of ex-Premier Iyad Allawi. They had come under attack, including gunfire and bombs, and the Iraqi Army had to step in to quash the battle. Gunmen also stormed a petrol station, killing four.
Also in the capital, a roadside and car bomb combination killed six people and wounded ten near the Iraqi Interior Ministry’s offices. Five more Iraqis were killed and 11 wounded in the al Fanahra neighborhood. In the Karadah district, a car bomb killed two and wounded seven. A roadside bomb in the southwestern Radhwaniyah area killed three and wounded 13. In the nearby Um al-Maalif neighborhood, another roadside bomb killed five people. Yet another roadside bomb, this one in Amariyah, killed three and wounded three others. Two more roadside bombs were left on a highway in central Baghdad, killing four and wounding ten. One civilian was killed and four people, including two policemen, were injured by an explosion in the Mustansiria neighborhood.
In Baquoba, Iraqi troops discovered 75 bodies behind a regional electric company. It was feared that the bodies might be rigged with explosives.
In Najaf, a bomb at the front gate of Sheik Abu Jaafar’s home killed three of his sons and injured four neighbors. He is an aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a top Shi’ite cleric whose political party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, sponsers the Badr Brigade.
In Suwayrah, three bodies were found floating in the Tigris River.
A car bomb killed three children and wounded 15 people in Yusufiya.
Five were killed in drive-by shootings in Baqouba.
In Tikrit, a roadside bomb injured Police Colonel Abbas al- Dulaimi, head of the U.S.-Iraqi Joint Coordination Center.
Two bodies bearing gunshot wounds were discovered in Mahaweel.
Gunmen stormed a school in Samarra and killed a female teacher.
The director of the main electrical power station in Kirkuk was shot dead by gunmen.
Gunmen abducted one, injured another and killed five persons in Diyala Province.
In Efeg, gunmen matching the description of those who staged a mass kidnapping in Latifiya yesterday kidnapped 10 more people.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis