Updated at 11:09 p.m. EST, Nov. 13, 2006
After a violently active Sunday, Monday followed suit with at least 109 Iraqis killed and 47 more injured. American officials added the news that four American soldiers were killed and another four injured in separate events. Also, Turkish offcials released the news that a kidnapped Turk had been killed in Iraq.
The U.S. military said that two U.S. soldiers were killed this morning in Baghdad and another two were injured when they were blasted by an "improvised-explosive device." Authorities also reported today that a suicide car bomb killed two American soldiers and wounded two others yesterday in Salahaddin Province. In what may be a separate event, a roadside bomb reportedly hit a U.S. patrol in the Zaiyounah district. There were no casualties, but two humvees were damaged. The Turkish Foreign Ministry reported that the body of Yildirim Tek, who had been abducted in July, was identified in photographs shown to his family.
Also today, Coalition forces conducted multiple raids. In one raid, eight gunmen attempting to flee were killed and another one injured, the rest surrendered. In a separate raid by U.S. forces, a residential neighborhood filled with followers of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr came under attack; at least five, but possible nine, were killed and another 15 were wounded. Witnesses said that tanks, armored personnel carriers, helicopters and warplanes were used in the battle.
In Baghdad, 46 bodies were discovered late Sunday night and early Monday. Sunni Sheik Namis Karim was shot dead as he was headed to the Abbasiya Mosque downtown. Gunmen also killed two people and wounded another; the victims were purported to be guards to Vice-President Adil Abdul Mahdi, but his office denied it. Traffic police Brigadier Salih Kamil was killed when gunmen attacked him in north Baghdad. Also, gunmen abducted police Major Muhammed Salim in the Karrada district; he was later found dead. Another police official, Major Maher Moussa, was kidnapped, but his fate remains unknown. Five employees, including a woman, of the North Oil Company were killed on the outskirts of town.
In the northern Shaab district, a bomb killed at least 20 passengers and wounded 18 others on a minibus. A roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol in western Baghdad’s Ardun Square wounded two civilians instead, and a car bomb near the Iranian Embassy wounded one civilian. Mortars fell in the Husseniya neighborhood, injuring two people.
In Waziriyah, one councilmember was killed and another wounded in a drive-by shooting.
Five bodies, two beheaded, were discovered between Yusifiya and Mahmudiya.
Mortar rounds fell on Karbala, wounding three policemen.
A police officer was shot dead in front of his Kut home.
In related news:
Police Lieutenant Colonel Amer Nisaif of Baquba said that the police had received reports of a mass dumping of bodies behind an electricity compound yesterday, but when they investigated only five bodies were discovered.
And at the border between Iraq and Turkey, three Kurdish rebels were killed after shooting at a helicopter in Turkey. Kurds in Turkey have been fighting for autonomy for over two decades. Rebels often operate out of Kurdish areas of Iraq.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis