Updated at 12:40 a.m. EDT, Apr. 5, 2007
At least 54 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another 52 were wounded in attacks. In three separate incidents, 48 more people have been kidnapped, and Baghdad’s overnight curfew was eased by two hours beginning today. Also, the Dept. of Defense announced that three more Americans soldiers were killed.
One American soldier died today from small arms fire in a southern part of the capital, while another GI died in an eastern neighborhood. A third soldier died yesterday from wounds he had received in a roadside bomb attack last September in Baghdad.
Twenty people were snatched from a fake checkpoint northeast of Baghdad near al-Nai village. In Latifiya, there is confusion over a mass kidnapping, but at least six people were abducted . Also, 22 shepherds were kidnapped from Nikhaib, and their flocks were stolen.
Near Hawija, 11 electrical workers were machine-gunned to death after gunmen stopped their mini-bus on a highway.
In Baghdad, authorities are taking advantage of increased security to shrink the number of hours Baghdad’s residents are required to stay off the streets. Meanwhile, a soccer coach escaped an assassination attempt after publicly complaining about violence. A car bomb in the Sadr City district killed one and wounded five; the area received mortar fire immediately following the blast. A motorist was killed in a drive-by shooting. Mortars fell in al-Obeidi where they injured two people and in Shurta where they wounded three persons. Two more people were injured by mortar fire in Jihad and Resala. In Jamiya, a car bomb wounded four people near a wholesale market. And, nine dumped bodies were found.
Near Baquba 10 people were killed, four policemen and six gunmen, during an attack on a police patrol and subsequent clash. Gunmen randomly shot at people in the Kobat area; one person was killed and seven, mostly children, were injured.
West of Kut, a roadside bomb killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded three others yesterday.
Mortar rounds fell in Khalis where they killed a woman and injured three others, including a four-year-old boy.
Five bodyguards were wounded during a roadside bomb attack on the Ninewah police chief’s motorcade.
A woman was stabbed to death in Hilla.
Two bullet-riddled and decapitated bodies were fished out of the Tigris at Suwara.
In Diwaniya, a Coalition base received mortar fire while a U.S. patrol came under fire east of the city.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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