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.
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.
Fallujah came under mortar attack, but no casualties were reported.
Gunmen abducted an oil official and his driver in Baiji.
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