Saturday: 58 Iraqis, UK Soldier Killed; 20 Iraqis, UK Soldier Wounded

Updated at 12:45 a.m. EST, Jan. 14, 2007

Baghdad was relatively quiet today. There were no major incidents besides the typical discoveries of dumped bodies. However, other cities reported multiple attacks. Throughout Iraq, 58 people were killed or found dead today and another 20 were wounded in violent attacks. A British soldier was killed, and at least one other British soldier was wounded in separate incidents in Basra. Also, Australian troops killed a truck driver when he refused to stop at a checkpoint.

In Baghdad, 31 unidentified bodies were found in several locations; they appeared to be victims of sectarian violence and many bore the usual torture marks and gunshot wounds. One woman was killed and 10 people wounded when mortars fell on Zaafaraniya. A suspicious fire broke out in the al Shorja marketplace; four shops were destroyed, but no casualties were reported. Southwest of the city, a car bomb went off at a petrol station; four people were killed.

In Tikrit, three people, including a woman, were shot dead while traveling in their car. Two young men were killed in a similar but separate event. Also, three people hauling cooking gas were kidnapped.

South of Kirkuk, gunmen attacked a group of construction workers and engineers working on a bridge; two were killed and three wounded. Two civilians were killed and four more wounded in bombs that were detonated around the bridge. Three people were wounded in a mortar attack in the city. Also, a mosque under construction was demolished in a bomb attack.

Sunni prayer leader and member of the Iraqi Islamic Party, Yunis Wuhaib, was assassinated in Samarra.

In Mosul, journalist Khalaf Younus Al-Obaidi and a driver for Reuters, Ismail Ibrahim, were gunned down in separate events. Also, a shop-keeper was killed by gunmen.

Gunmen killed two people during a carjacking in Baiji.

Two bodies were found in Iskandariya, one belonged to a policeman; they both bore gunshot, blindfolds and torture marks.

Three people in Ishaqi were gunned down yesterday.

And in Fallujah, Iraqi forces detained 47 suspects. Gunmen also attacked a U.S. base there, but no casualties were reported.


Compiled by Margaret Griffis

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.