Updated at 12:15 a.m. EDT, June 18, 2007
Curfews were lifted today in Baghdad and Basra. At least 74 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 56 were wounded during various incidents. Also, four American soldiers were killed and one was wounded in separate incidents.
An explosion in Baghdad killed two Task Force Lightning soldiers and wounded a third yesterday. Another Task Force Lightning soldier was killed yesterday during an explosion in Kirkuk. The U.S. military also announced the Friday death of a soldier who was injured on May 30th in Baghdad.
Baghdad began its return to normal as a curfew was lifted today. Ten suspects were killed during security operations. The body of a journalist kidnapped earlier this week was found near Sadr City. U.S. forces turned nine unidentified bodies over to a police station in the Amil neighborhood. Three Iraqi soldiers were wounded during a roadside bombing in the Mansour district. Fierce clashing took place in Western Baghdad. Also, police found five dumped bodies.
South of Baghdad, U.S. helicopter forces killed four suspects.
A suicide bomber killed six police recruits and wounded 14 more in Fallujah. A roadside bomb targeting a minibus killed a pregnant woman and her husband while injuring the woman’s mother and brother.
Three policemen were killed and seven more were wounded during a suicide car bombing in Baiji.
In Nasiriya, a police commander and three of his guards were wounded in an attack by gunmen.
A car bomb in Kirkuk killed three people and wounded four people; two Kurdish security personnel were among the dead.
Six policemen were wounded during a car bombing in al-Haswa.
In Haditha, a roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. patrol, but the number of casualties was not reported.
Two truck drivers were killed in Hawija.
The Iraqi army reported killing 10 suspects and arresting 79 others in various locations.
Mortars falling in Salman Bek injured seven civilians.
An IED wounded five members of the same family when it exploded near their house in Balad Ruz.
In Muqdadiya, gunmen wounded a policeman and a civilian.
In Jizani al-Emam village, 17 residents were killed during clashes with members of the Islamic State in Iraq.
In Arab Jubour, Iraqi forces killed a gunman and arrested 27 more.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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