Saturday: 9 GIs, 163 Iraqis Killed; 222 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 11:28 p.m. EDT, April 28, 2007

On what would have been Saddam Hussein’s 70th birthday, a car bomb in Karbala killed or injured dozens near a holy shrine. Five Red Crescent workers were shot dead in Baghdad. Dumped bodies were found in Baghdad, Mosul, Mahmudiya, Baquba and Mahaweel as well. Overall, at least 163 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 222 Iraqis were wounded in violent attacks throughout Baghdad. Nine American GIs were also reported killed in three separate incidents.

At least 66 people were killed and at least 164 wounded when a parked car blew up as people were heading to evening prayers in the holy city of Karbala. Officials and clerics had gathered in the city to rebury the remains of 61 people who had been victims of a crackdown following a 1991 Shi’ite rebellion.

The U.S. military reported that three soldiers were killed southeast of Baghdad today when they struck a roadside bomb; another soldier was wounded. South of the capital another soldier was killed, and two wounded, in a roadside bomb blast. In Anbar province three soldiers and two Marines were killed during combat operations.

In Baghdad, mortar shells fell on al-Resala where they killed three people and wounded 10 others, including children. One day laborer was killed and eight more injured during a roadside bomb attack in the Za’afaraniya area. In the Khadimiya neighborhood, a roadside bomb killed one person and wounded three others. Another roadside bomb wounded two soldiers in Qahira. A roadside bomb in Nafaq al-Shurta injured three people. In the Shula area, a car bomb wounded two people. Gunmen in the Baiyaa neighborhood killed five Red Crescent workers and wounded one other. A mortar killed three and wounded ten, also in Baiyaa. Four civilians were gunned down in Yarmuk. Also, 17 bodies were recovered.

Sixteen bodies were discovered in Mosul. A former intelligence officer was gunned down. Also, gunmen stormed a home where they killed two people and injured four other members of the family.

During an attack on a Duluiya police station, gunmen killed one policeman and wounded two more.

U.S. aircraft destroyed a bomb-laden truck in Garma.

A body was found outside Mahmudiya; it was handcuffed and blindfolded.

The corpse of a person shot in the head was found in Mahaweel.

Another dumped body was found near Muqdadiyah.

Four gunmen were killed and eight policemen injured during clashes in Diyala province. Seven people were abducted at a fake checkpoint.

Near Baquba, an army officer survived an attempt on his life, but his mother and son were killed. American forces killed one person late Friday.At least 27 bodies were found in Baquba.

Fallujah came under mortar attack, but no casualties were reported.

Near Kirkuk, an army officer was injured during a blast. Police freed a kidnap victim and arrested the kidnappers.

Gunmen abducted an oil official and his driver in Baiji.

One soldier was killed and three others wounded at a checkpoint attack in Khalis. In a separate incident, a soldier was killed and another wounded.

A bomb went off near the home of a provincial official in Kut; members of his family were injured.

The bodies of four kidnapped farmers were found in Abbara.

Three people were kidnapped in Hawija, including a judiciary official.


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.