Friday: 112 Iraqis, 2 GIs Killed; 80 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 1:00 a.m. EDT, April 7, 2007

In an unusually active Friday, 112 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 80 were wounded. Among the incidents are a chlorine bomb attack in Ramadi and a major security operation in Diwaniya. Also, the U.S. military reported that an American soldier was killed during a small arms fire attack near Kirkuk on Thursday and another GI died today in Baghdad from an explosively-formed projectile. Five soldiers were wounded in those events as well.

At least 27 people were killed in a chlorine-truck bombing in Ramadi. Police also say that 30 people were wounded in the explosion and several people were suffering respiratory distress.

A major security operation was launched in Diwaniya where U.S. and Iraqi forces clashed with Shi’ite militia. At least 30 men were killed and 19 others were wounded. An unconfirmed report states that six Iraqis, women and children, were killed in an air strike against a hostel. Another report alleges that U.S. forces are not permitting the transfer of wounded to hospitals.

In Baghdad, two people were killed and five injured when mortars landed in the Shaab area. In nearby Talibiya, mortars killed one person. Mortars also fell in near Mansour where they injured four people and in Shurta, where one person was injured. A sniper in the Amil district killed two people. Three people were injured by gunfire in Doura. A roadside bomb destroyed property in Saidiya; a half-hour later, another bomb injured two civilians. Gunmen attacked a police patrol, but no injuries were reported. Three Iraqi soldiers were killed during an attack on their post in Shoula. An engineer was assassinated near his Saidiya home. U.S. forces killed a civilian in the Adhamiya area. And, 11 bodies were recovered around the city.

In Hawija, nine students were killed on a minibus.

Four bodies, including one belonging to a child, were found in Tal Afar.

Four policemen were injured when a roadside bomb blasted their patrol in Hawija.

In Kirkuk, two separate roadside bombs injured seven people.

Tribal leader, Sheikh Ghazi al-Hanash, was shot dead as he was leaving a mosque in Mosul. Eight gunmen were killed during a security operation that also netted 179 arrests. A booby-trapped car was detonated, but no casualties were reported.

Tribal leader, Sheikh Karim Omran al-Shafi, was injured when gunmen fired upon his vehicle in Hilla.

British forces wounded a gunman in Basra.

Near Kirkuk, a bombing at an oil pipeline set it ablaze.

A detainee died at Camp Cropper of unspecified causes.

One person was injured during shelling in Mahmudiyah.

Near the Iranian border at Khanaqeen, an Iraqi officer was killed and two body guards wounded during an attack.

Four abducted officers were freed in Bani Saad.

A body was found in Baquba.

A body was discovered in Muqdadiyah.

Police killed two suspects in Bani Saad.

The Red Crescent reported that about 1250 people, who lost their homes in last week’s Tal Afar bombing, were now relocated to a camp in Mosul.

Iraqi security forces arrested at least 25 people during a raid on the Baghdad office of Mohammed al-Daini, a parliamentarian with the Sunni Iraqi Front for National Dialogue. More were arrested in Baquba and Bani Saad. Twenty were arrested in Garma.


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.