Updated at 1:10 a.m. EST, Feb. 26, 2007
Although Iraqi authorities insist a security crackdown has had a positive effect on attacks in the country, violence rages on. At least 151 Iraqis were reported killed of found dead today and another 134 were injured. Also, an American soldier died after spending nearly a year in a coma that was the result of a shooting in Iraq.
One Iraqi officer and 12 soldiers were killed and 13 more wounded during military operations. Troops also killed 11 militants and captured 75 more in the capital; ten employees of a media company were also arrested.
In Baghdad, Mustansiriya University was the target of a female suicide bomber who detonated her vest near the entrance to the business annex; 40 were killed and 55 more were wounded in the attack. In the Green Zone, a bomb killed two people. A car bomb in central Baghdad killed two persons and injured four more. Another car bomb in the Karrada neighborhood wounded another four . Katyusha rockets killed 10 in the Shi’ite Abu Dshir neighborhood. Also, 17 bodies were recovered from the streets of several neighborhoods.
The number of casualties from yesterday’s attack in Habbaniyah rose by 15 dead and 39 wounded to a total of 56 dead and 103 wounded. A suicide car bomber struck as worshippers were exiting a Sunni mosque.
In Mosul, U.S. forces killed two gunmen during a raid, which also netted them a suspected al-Qaeda leader. Gunmen stormed the home of a former senior member of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party, and shot him dead. A police officer was gunned down. Twenty-four bodies were found scattered around the city.
One person was killed an three wounded by a roadside bomb in Nahrawan.
Two headless and handless bodies were discovered near Suleiman Beg.
A roadside bomb killed a police officer and wounded six others in Muqdadiya.
Near Basra, a woman was killed by a landmine that was likely left over from a previous war.
A roadside bomb wounded three people near Kirkuk.
A car bomb in al-Rasheed killed one and injured another.
A policeman was killed and a second injured by gunmen in Jurf al-Milah.
In al-Mustafa, a policeman was killed.
Mortars that fell on al-Abara injured five civilians.
Two headless bodies were recovered near Enjana.
A woman and her brother were gunned down near Balad.
Police arrested 10 people in Mahmudiya.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis