Updated at 12:34 a.m. EDT, May 23, 2007
At least 50 Iraqis were killed and 69 wounded violent attacks throughout the country. In one attack, a group of seven minibus riders were shot and their bodies burned. Also a British soldier was killed during an attack in Basra.
In Basra, a British soldier was killed when gunmen attacked a fuel truck. Meanwhile, British forces and Shi’ite militia clashed near the governor’s office; two gunmen were wounded. Gunmen also attacked the Islamic Party building, killing one person in the assault. Earlier, a Shi’ite tribal leader was killed near the building. Gunmen west of town briefly held a number of Iraqi soldiers before relasing them.
In Baghdad, 24 dumped bodies were found. A mortar round struck the parliament building, but no casualties were reported. At least three people were injured when mortars fell in Kahramana square. In Shurta Rabia’a, a mortar killed two residents and wounded 12 others. A roadside bomb targeting a U.S patrol wounded seven people in Baladiyat. A roadside bomb in Wazirya injured four policemen. In Adil, gunmen fired upon a motorcade carrying the head of the largest Sunni bloc in parliament; no casualties were reported. Also in Adil, a roadside bomb killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded two more; clashes with bodyguards working with a sunni politican followed. A car bomb near a pediatric hospital wounded five people. A reporter was kidnapped on Saturday. Also, an unmanned U.S. reconnaissance plane crashed into the home of a former Iraqi prime minister.
An interpreter working for U.S. forces was killed in Bashaer.
A car bomb wounded three policemen and a judge in Khalis; a policemen is suspecting of driving the vehicle onto the lot. North of town, gunmen kidnapped seven civilians, including a university professor, from a fake checkpoint.
A suicide car bomber rammed his cargo into a checkpoint in Fallujah. The number of casualties was not yet reported.
Shelling in Baquba killed two and wounded 15 more at a bank.
Over 4000 Marines carried out a security operation in Anbar Province that netted 250 suspects.
In Mosul, a taxi driver was killed.
The Iraqi army killed two suspects and arrested 95 in various locations.
In Muqdadiyah, two policemen were gunned down.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis