Updated at 12:40 a.m. EST, Mar. 19, 2007
As over a million Muslims converged on Najaf to observe the Prophet Mohammed’s death anniversary, at least 61 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 47 Iraqis were wounded during violent activity throughout the country. Also, the U.S. military reported that a Marine was killed in Anbar yesterday.
An Iraqi military base was obliterated during a truck bomb attack this morning; the number of casualties is still unknown.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb near Mustansiriya Square killed two policemen and wounded five others, including two civilians. Six people were killed and 30 wounded when a car bomb exploded in an al-Shaab area marketplace. A man was killed and two others were injured during a drive-by shooting in central Baghdad’s al-Rusafi square. A mortar round landed in central Baghdad, killing one person and wounding a second, while a tossed grenade killed two and injured one more in the Shorja marketplace. Police found only five dumped bodies today.
Near Ramadi, the decapitated bodies of nine policemen who were bound and bearing torture marks were discovered.
Seven were killed and four wounded when gunmen attacked a mini-bus in Hibhib.
In Baquba, six bodies were found.
Four bodies were found, and a policeman was killed in Mosul.
Two bodies were found in Mahmudiya.
The body of a man who was shot and tortured was found in Diwaniya.
A roadside bomb killed three policemen and wounded fours others close to Kirkuk.
Near a Hilla hospital, a roadside bomb injured a man.
Two gunmen were killed in clashes with British troops in Basra.
In Haditha, a policeman was killed during clashes with gunmen.
Southeast of Baghdad, a woman and infant were killed during a mortar attack.
A body was found in Jibala.
Five gunmen were killed by Iraqi troops in Balad late last night.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis