Wednesday: 273 Iraqis, 5 GIs Killed; 72 Iraqis Injured

Updated at 3:35 a.m. EST, Feb. 1, 2007

At least 273 Iraqis were reported killed or found dead today; this includes 210 suspected militants killed by the Iraqi Army over the last two days. Another 72 Iraqis were injured in violent attacks throughout the country. Also five U.S. servicemembers were reported killed in separate incidents.

The U.S. military reported that a GI was killed and another wounded during combat in the Salah ad Din province. Two American soldiers and a Marine were killed in Anbar Province on Tuesday. Also, another soldier died of wounds received during combat in Anbar, also on Tuesday.

The Iraqi Army has reported killing 210 suspected militants and arrested 342 others in unspecified activity throughout the country. Two men were also killed by troops on a U.S, helicopter in Mahmoudiya; they were part of a group of four who were planting a roadside bomb; witnesses are claiming that the air strike was targeting members of the Mahdi Army who were merely observing the Ashura holiday. North of Baghdad, U.S. warplanes conducted a separate air strike, but no casualties were reported there.

In Baghdad, six people were killed and 20 injured during continued mortar attacks in the Adhamiya neighborhood; similar attacks killed or wounded nearly 100 people in the area yesterday. In the Bab al-Muadham neighborhood, a car bomb killed two people and wounded eight. Three people were killed and three wounded by a car bomb in the al-Maamoun. Another car bomb, this one in New Baghdad, killed one and wounded six others. Five people were killed and 12 wounded by a booby-trapped car near a bus stop. Gunmen shot dead ten people walking on the street in the al Sulaigh neighborhood of eastern Baghdad. The death of Hezbollah leader al-Mula al-Nouri al-Ghariri during a mortar attack in Kazimiyah yesterday was reported. The bodies of three law professors and a student who were abducted over the weekend were found. At least, 10 other bodies were recovered from the streets.

A car bomb targeting a police patrol in Tal Afar wounded 10 civilians instead.

A roadside bomb in Kirkuk killed one soldier and wounded two others.

Near Kirkuk, a roadside bomb targeted the leader of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, Sadeddin Ergech; he suffered no injuries.

In Baiji, six policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb blasted their patrol. Gunmen killed a policeman, and two bodies, bearing gunshot wounds to the head were discovered.

Six bodies were found in Fallujah; they bore gunshot wounds to the chest and head. Also, gunmen killed a teenager.

Nine Iraqi soldiers were wounded when a suicide truck bomber drove to an army base in Muqdadiyah.

A decapitated body was found in Mosul. In a separate incident, a policeman was killed and four others wounded during a car bombing.

Three police officers were injured by a roadside bomb near Suwayra.

Four gunmen were killed in Abu Saida in an unspecified incident.

Gunmen killed two policemen and wounded a third in Diwaniya.



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.