Updated at 12:50 a.m. EDT, June 5, 2007
Violence was much lighter today. Only 58 Iraqis were reported killed and 51 were wounded in violent attacks. A British soldier was lightly injured during an attack on his armored vehicle in Basra. Also, the U.S. military announced a previously unreported death that occurred in May; an American soldier died on May 29 of wounds received a day earlier during a roadside bomb attack in Balad. May was the third deadliest month for U.S. troops since the invasion.
In Baghdad, a bomb planted in an ambulance killed one and wounded three in the Bab al Muadham area. The Iraqi army reported killing seven suspects. Three people were killed and eight were wounded when a roadside bomb in the Za’afaraniya neighborhood, another bomb blew-up nearby, and two brothers were shot dead in a separate incident. Eight Iraqi security men were wounded during a mission. One hostage was freed during a security operation. Also, a local leader of the Islamic State in Iraq was killed in Adhamiya, and a second leader was killed in Jamiya. Mortars injured four people in al-Shurta. One person was killed and four more were wounded during mortar fire in al-Shurta al-Rabia’a. Gunmen attacked a police patrol in Doura, wounding four policemen. No casualties were reported from shelling in Amil or the Green Zone. Also, 28 bodies were found scattered in several locations.
A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in Yusufiya killed one policeman and wounded three others.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb exploded near a fuel truck, setting it ablaze and wounding the driver. Two guards were wounded when a suicide truck bomber attacked the home of a police brigadier; 11 people were also injured. Two gunmen were killed in western Mosul. Also, a civilian was gunned down.
An Iraqi army officer was kidnapped last night in Kirkuk. Three gunmen killed a civilian and kidnapped his son near Kirkuk; the kidnappers were caught and one turned out to be a policeman. No casualties were reported in a bombing downtown. Also, three policemen were wounded in a roadside bombing.
A family in Suleimaniyah received a phone call asking for ransom in a kidnapping case. Four students disappeared on their way home from a university in Baghdad on Friday.
Five bodies were found in Khaldiya.
In related news, Kurdish rebels killed seven Turkish soldiers when they lobbed grenades and fired rockets at a military outpost in southeastern Turkey. Turkey is considering a military assualt on rebel outposts across the border in Iraq.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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