Updated at 12:33 a.m. EDT, April 23, 2007
Violence resumed at an accelerated pace today. Two significant bombings took place in Baghdad, and the mass murder of 23 factory workers occurred in Mosul. Overall, 102 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another 166 Iraqis were injured during attacks. Three American servicemembers were killed and at least eight were wounded as well.
The U.S. military reported that a GI was killed and two others wounded during an indirect fire attack, and one U.S. servicemember died from non-hostile causes in Baghdad yesterday. Three U.S. servicemembers and an Iraqi were injured during a bombing in Hilla as well. Another U.S. soldier was killed and three more were wounded when their patrol was attacked with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in western Baghdad yesterday.
In Baghdad, two suicide car bombers rammed their vehicles into a Baghdad police station located in the Baiyaa neighborhood; 13 people, mostly civilians, were killed and 95 others wounded. In a separate car bombing in Saidiya, at least seven civilians were killed and 42 others suffered injuries; a policeman who arrived on the scene was killed by a roadside bomb.
A roadside bomb in central Baghdad wounded two people. A mortar landed in the Bab al-Muadham neighborhood where it injured four people. In Doura, gunmen wounded three civil servants riding in a vehicle. Mortars also killed two people and wounded five in Abu Dsheer.
At least 24 bullet-riddled bodies were recovered in unspecified locations.
Twenty-three Yazidi workers who worked at a textile factory were pulled off a minibus and killed; the killings seem to be in response to the recent stoning death of a Yazidi woman who had converted to Islam. The bodies of two kidnapped brothers were found. Also, the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party came under attack but no casualties were reported.
In Basra, British forces raided two houses; in one, they killed a man reaching for a rifle and arrested two others. The secretary of the Hezbollah Movement in Iraq, Abu Mujahid al-Maliki, was wounded, along with a bodyguard, and another guard was killed during an assassination attempt.
In Mahmudiya, a mortar killed one person and wounded three others.
Three bodies were recovered from the Tigris River at Suwayrah, they bore the usual gunshot wounds, bounds, and blindfolds.
Three policemen were kidnapped in al-Shurqat.
In Fallujah, an Iraqi hummer was destroyed and a U.S. base was attacked, but no injuries were reported.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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