Friday: 3 GIs, 28 Iraqis Killed; 55 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 1:06 a.m. EDT, April 14, 2007

Like on most Fridays, Iraq was relatively quiet today. Only 28 people were killed and another 55 were wounded in violent attacks. Three U.S soldiers were killed today.

The U.S. military reported that one GI was killed and another wounded in a roadside bomb attack south of Baghdad. Two more soldiers were killed during an attack on a base, also south of the capital. Two interpreters were killed and seven GIs were injured as well.

In Baghdad, two people were killed and eight wounded when mortars fell on al-Shurta al-Khamsa. About the same time, mortars landed in al-Shurta al-Rabia, killing one and injuring 15 others. In the Zaafaraniya district, a roadside bomb killed one policeman and injured five others; a separate report said a woman and child were killed. A bomb in the Saidiya district killed one person and injured one other. A bomb near the Unknown Soldiers monument was detonated in a controlled explosion, without injuries. Also, five bodies were recovered from the city streets; these dumped corpses are generally believed to be the result of sectarian violence.

A police commando was killed and three others were wounded when a roadside bomb was detonated next to their patrol in Hilla. Three guards were injured in a new attack on the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party’s headquarters.

In Mosul, gunmen killed Mohammed Abd al-Hameed, a well-known imam and figure in the Sunni Muslim Scholars’ Association. The director of the state-owned Grain Trade Company was abducted after Friday prayers. Also, a bomb killed a policeman.

Ten people were wounded near Iskandariya when mortars fell on the village of al-Qaria al-Asria.

An attack on a Kirkuk barbershop left two people wounded.

In Haswah, mortar fire wounded seven people.

One person was gunned down in Kut.

An elementary school was demolished in Bani Saad, but no one was injured.

In Diwaniya, mortars rained on a U.S. base without causing injuries. Also, a new security crackdown was initiated; two militants were killed and 11 were arrested. Also, U.S. forces stormed an al-Sadr office.

Four militants were killed in a fierce battle with U.S. and Iraqi forces in Jurf al-Sakher.

In central Khalis, four civilians were shot and killed.

Gunmen shooting at a police commando in Madaen, shot and injured a woman instead.

Militants and villagers in Dojma battled each other.

A clinic in Khanqeen was bombed, but no casualties were reported.

In Buhriz, two kidnapping victims were rescued; one had been missing from Baghdad for over a month.


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.