Updated at 11:55 p.m. EST, Dec. 19, 2006
At least 110 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another 35 were wounded in violent attacks around the country. Also, the U.S. military reported on the deaths of a Marine yesterday in Anbar province and a soldier in Balad on Monday. Both were from small arms fire and raised the number of troop deaths in December to 62 servicemembers. The Red Crescent updated their numbers on the mass kidnapping that occurred Sunday in their Baghdad office to 42 abducted and 26 released.
In Baghdad, 53 bodies were found scattered in several neighborhoods; some were bound and/or tortured. The Iraqi Army reported killing two militia members. Also, a car bomb killed two people and wounded ten in a marketplace, and a roadside bomb wounded four people, both in the Zaafaraniya district. Actor Mitashar al Sudami was found dead. a day after he was kidnapped. Dr. Omar al Jubouri was kidnapped from a hospital. Also, gunmen robbed a bank of over $700,000. Later, nervous guards at a second bank fired upon a suspicious funeral procession; one mourner was injured.
Fifteen bodies were brought in to the morgue in Baquba. Gunmen killed two policemen while they were on patrol in the al Mustafa neighborhood. And mortars in the western al Lualua area killed three children and wounded eight people.
One person was killed and three wounded when mortars fell on their neighborhood in Rasheed.
Mosul city council member Khair Edine Al-Dabbagh and a policeman were gunned down. Four bodies were found in separate locations around Mosul, and two more bodies were found west of the city. A roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol instead wounded two civilians. A Shi’ite student was killed in a drive-by shooting.
In Barwana village, a member of the Timim tribe and his son were assassinated while traveling in a car.
Seven bodies were delivered to the morgue in Kut.
In Diyala province, four senior tribal leaders were kidnapped late Monday after participating in a conference in Baghdad. Their bodies were recovered later. A roadside bomb exploded, killing two Iraqi soldiers; in clashes that followed the explosion, five gunmen were killed.
And a police major was gunned down in Diwaniya.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis