Updated at 1:35 p.m. EST, Feb. 7, 2007
Violence has tapered off somewhat from the high of the weekend, but at least 64 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another 55 were wounded. Also, officials reported that a GI was killed southwest of Baghdad and two Marines were killed in separate incidents in Anbar province.
The U.S military reported that an American soldier died today of gunshot wounds southwest of the capital, and a Marine died of wounds sustained during enemy action on Tuesday. Another Marine was killed in Anbar province on Feb. 1. Also, American forces raided the home of the spokesman for the governor of Tikrit; he and his brother, a police colonel, were arrested. U.S. troops also killed a militant near the Syrian border, five gunmen in Bayji, and two more near Tikrit. Military operations increased in the capital.
In Baghdad, bombs continue to rock the city. Five people were killed and 12 wounded during a car bombing in the Mashtal district. A separate car bomb in a southern neighborhood killed three and wounded three others. Another five were wounded during a car bomb explosion in the Bayaa district. In the Zaafaraniya district, a roadside bomb injured two more. And another car bomb injured five, including one soldier, in the Yarmouk district.
Also in the capital, authorities reported that a senior Iranian official was kidnapped on Sunday. Eleven people were kidnapped from one house in Sadr City. In the Mansour district, two policemen were wounded while clashing with gunmen. And, police reported finding 25 bodies dumped throughout the city.
On the Baghdad-Kut highway, roadside bombs blasted Baghdad Governor Hussein al-Tahhan’s convoy; no casualties were reported.
In Mosul, gunmen killed a female government employee. Two policeman was killed and four others woundhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-02/06/content_5704314.htmed during clashes with gunmen.
Ten people were wounded in Kirkuk when two consecutive bombs exploded. One was at the home of a police officer and wounded his mother. The other took place just north of the city in a residential area.
Two separate bombs near Khalis killed seven people and injured three more.
In Fallujah, a sniper killed two Iraqi soldiers.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis