Updated at 12:34 a.m. EDT, May 14, 2007
In a very active Sunday, at least 146 Iraqis have been killed and another 201 injured in violent events. A major bombing near the Kurdish autonomous region left over a hundred Iraqis dead or injured. Two American servicemembers were also killed today. And, a militant group claims to be holding three missing American soldiers.
The U.S. military reported that one soldier was killed and another wounded during a roadside bombing near Haditha. Another soldier was killed and one wounded during a bombing the Salah ad Din province.
A militant group tied to al-Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq, claims that the group has the three missing U.S. soldiers who were abducted yesterday, during an attack that left four GIs and an Iraqi interpreter dead.
The Islamic State in Iraq also released a video showing the execution of three Iraqi army officers at an unspecified location.
A suicide truck bomber killed approximately 50 people and wounded 115 others, including a police chief, in the town of Makhmour. The mayor was also injured. The bombing targeted a government compound that houses the offices of a Kurdish political party. While the town lies just outside the Kurdish autonomous region, Kurds would like it included. Witnesses say the Kurdish Democratic Party was holding a meeting at the time. Earlier in the week, another bombing killed or injured dozens in Arbil.
In Baghdad, a car bomb exploded near a restaurant in the al-Wathba area, killing as many as 17 and wounding 46 others. A separate truck bomb was defused in Ur. Security personnel killed seven suspects and arrested 111 more, while U.S. forces killed one and arrested three others. A U.S. helicopter fired on a family sleeping on the roof of their Sadr City home to escape the heat; a woman and child were killed, a man was injured. In the Sadriya neighborhood, a civilian was injured and a gunman killed. No casualties were reported during shelling in Rustumiya. Also, 22 bodies were discovered.
Gunmen drove into Baquba with two handcuffed hostages and shot them dead in front of witnesses while yelling, "this is the destiny of traitors." Three others were also killed execution style. A bomb on a highway heading to Wajihiya killed two and wounded three more. Another bomb killed two woman and injured two others in a residential area. At a police station south of town, gunmen also killed one person and wounded four, including a 15-year-old girl .Also, eight unidentified bodies were brought in to the morgue; three were headless.
In Eweiraj, gunmen killed five workers and wounded four others at a flourmill.
Around midnight in Najaf, a roadside bomb injured four policemen.
A Katyusha rocket fell in Kirkuk, killing one and wounded another. Gunmen tried to assassinate a local politician, injuring his wife instead. A baker was injured while driving in the Dor al-Sagfa area.
Gunmen killed two people and wounded two more in Wahda.
In Suwayra, a translator working for the multi-national forces was gunned down.
Six people were gunned down and eight injured in Mahmudiya.
In Khanaquin, two guards where injured in a shootout with other security personnel.
A worker was gunned down in Muqdadiyah.
One person was killed and three were injured in Bani Saad.
In other news, the Interior Ministry is now prohibiting journalists from approaching the location of any incidents out of safety concerns, evidence tampering, and privacy issues.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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