Updated at 11:50 p.m EDT, Aug. 26, 2007
At least 84 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 54 more were wounded in various attacks. Two incidents involved U.S. helicopter forces killing civilians or Iraqi policemen. Also, the DOD reported that two American soldiers were killed in a Baghdad IED explosion on Thursday.
In Baghdad, 11 dumped bodies were recovered. Gunmen killed a female pilgrim and wounded six others, including children, as they were passing through Doura on their way to Kerbala for a religious observance. Three pilgrims were injured in al-Mehdiyah, and three policemen were wounded in al-Rashidiyah. No casualties were reported when a mortar shell fell on Baghdad University. Also, U.S. authorities have denied reports that one person was killed and six were wounded when a U.S. patrol opened fire in Za’faraniyah yesterday.
Seven torture victims escaped their prison in Khan Bani Saad and sought refuge with nearby Coalition forces. Attack helicopters then positively identified the prison location and killed three gunmen. The bodies of eight torture victims were found inside.
Seven civilians were killed and five more were wounded when U.S. forces bombed a building in Samarra. A U.S. spokesmen said that troops were after gunmen who had clashed with U.S. soldiers; 18 gunmen were killed.
At least four policemen were killed and 11 wounded in a U.S. helicopter attack against a Khanaqin police station.
Three gunmen were killed and three were arrested during a three-hour battle in Khalis.
In Numaniya, two unidentified bodies were fished out of the al-Malih River.
A roadside bomb in Kirkuk killed a female shepherd and part of her flock. A civilian was injured during an controlled explosion. A car bomb injured a policeman and a civilian. Also, a double explosion downtown caused no casualties.
In a Mosul suburb, fierce clashes left four militants dead and eight civilians wounded. Two Saudi suicide bombers were arrested in separate incidents in the surrounding area; one was wounded as Iraqi security forces detonated his truck. In Mithiq, another suicide bomber was shot and killed.
A child was killed and two others were wounded when mortars fell in Mahmudiyah.
Near Muqdadiyah, nine people were kidnapped at a fake checkpoint.
In Basra, the Mahdi Army took over the police joint command center shortly after British Forces handed the location over to police.
The Iraqi army reported killing eight suspects and arresting 81 others in various locations. Coalition forces killed 11 and detained six as well.
Also, 29 people, mostly Yazidis, were arrested trying to enter Turkey illegally. The Yazidi sect was recently the target of the largest single bombing since the invasion. The attack left over 500 dead and 1500 wounded.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis