Updated at 12:30 a.m. EST, Jan. 30, 2007
Iraqi forces remain on high alert for Ashura-related violence today. Meanwhile, at least 92 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 95 were injured in today’s smaller attacks. No foreign deaths were reported.
Tens of thousands of pilgrims are expected to honor the festival of Ashura in Karbala. The holiday marks several events, most notably the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.
In Baghdad, a series of explosions rocked the capital. A bomb in a minibus killed four and wounded six when it exploded near al-Mustansiriya square. In the Hurriya district, a suicide car bomber killed five people and injured 25 others. One person was killed and five other wounded near al Hamza square in eastern Baghdad. Yet another car bomb killed one and wounded three in the al-Baladiyat area. A roadside bomb was detonated near Qahtan Square in Qadisiya as a police patrol passed near it; two officers were wounded. Late in the day, mortars fell on Zufaraniyah where they killed 11 people and wounded 38 others. Also, a car bomb near al-Mustansiriya University injured three people.
Also in the capital, 42 bodies were recovered overnight throughout the city. A sniper killed a policeman guarding the Hay al-Whida bank. In Khadimiya, three university law professors and a student were kidnapped after they left a seminar.
Two shoppers were killed and three more injured when mortars fell on at a market north of Khalis at al-Kubat.
Five gunmen were killed when U.S. forces fired on them from helicopters near the Sleman Beak area.
Eight civilians were killed in Kara Taba village when gunmen stormed a residential complex used by the al-Bayat tribe.
Diyala police are reporting that Coalition forces killed ten gunmen in Baquba and near the Diyala sports complex.
Near Tuz Khormato, a rocket-propelled grenade struck a mosque and killed five worshippers inside.
Five Iraqis, including two soldiers, were injured during clashes in Duluiyah between U.S./Iraqi forces and gunmen.
Four in Karbala were killed by a roadside bomb.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis