Updated at 11:00 p.m. EDT, May 26, 2007
At least 91 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 116 more Iraqis were injured on a day punctuated by deadly raids in Baghdad and Basra. Nine Iraqis were kidnapped. Four U.S. servicemembers were killed today in Iraq, while the U.S. military announced that four other servicemembers had been killed on Wednesday. Over 100 U.S. servicemembers have been killed this month in Iraq. Also, four British soldiers were injured in separate events in Basra today.
The U.S. military announced that an explosion killed three Task Force Lightning Soldiers today in Salah ad Dhin province. A Marine was killed in a separate incident in Anbar province. Previously unreported deaths were also announced: Two soldiers died during an IED exposion in Ramadi on May 23rd. Also on May 23rd, two soldiers were killed in an IED attack in Baghdad.
In Baghdad, police found 20 shot bodies scattered throughout the city. A combined car bomb and mortar attack in Bayaa killed seven and wounded 35 others. Five gunmen were killed during an air strike and raid that netted a militant leader; police said that ten people were killed and ten wounded when the same strike destroyed several cars at a petrol station. Two people were killed and seven wounded when mortars struck eastern Baghdad. In Ghazaliya, two people were killed and 11 wounded during a suicide car bomb attack on a checkpoint. In al-Ria district, gunmen fired upon a police checkpoint, killing three policemen and wounding six others. In Mansour, one civilian was killed and three wounded in a roadside bombing. Mortars in central Baghdad wounded eight people.
British forces in Basra responded to the bombardment of their bases with an air strike of their own. Although four militiamen were killed and four more wounded, witnesses complained that eight civilians were also killed; a hospital reported 22 wounded. A British soldier was also injured. Another three British soldiers were injured in clashing near the airport.
Three off-duty cops were shot and killed in Diwaniyah.
In Jihad, Iraqi and Polish forces killed four Mahdi militiamen and detained 20 others.
Gunmen killed a policeman in Hawija.
U.S. forces killed two suspects and detained 23 more in Taji.
Three bodies bearing torture marks were found in Duquq.
In central Kirkuk, a charred body was found.
A Tikrit police captain was gunned down on his way home from work.
Nine people were abducted from a fake checkpoint in Baquba.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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