Updated at 5:25 p.m EST, Jan. 13, 2008
At least 13 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 26 were injured in various incidents. In Diyala, deliberately contaminated water sickened over a dozen people. In Baghdad, security forces will impose a motorcycle ban to prevent attacks during Ashuraa. Also, one American soldier was killed and four more were wounded during an IED attack in Ninewah province yesterday.
In Baghdad, four dumped bodies were found in as many neighborhoods. In the Arasat neighborhood, a clash erupted after gunmen stormed an office, killing a civilian and kidnapping another. A policeman was killed while an Iraqi soldier was injured along with a gunman. The hostage was freed.
Elsewhere in Baghdad, a pair of mortar shells fell on a petrol station in Doura, injuring two people. A roadside bomb wounded three people in Sadr City. U.S. forces killed a gunman. Two hostages were freed. Also, Baghdad will impose a motorbike curfew during the Ashuraa observances, which culminate on Saturday.
In Diyala province, 14 civilians became ill after drinking contaminated water. Police believe that the contamination was deliberate.
Gunmen wounded the head of the national reconciliation council in the al-Ghalibiya area. He was on his way to Khalis.
In Iskandariya, three people were wounded in separate bombings.
Gunmen blew up a liquor store in Makhmour, injuring the owner.
Near Tikrit, gunmen blew up an oil pipeline.
The body of a Kurdish man was found in Jalawla.
In Kesinzan, gunmen killed a doctor’s assistant.
U.S. forces detained 15 suspects in Diyala province and destroyed a booby-trapped home and captured 13 suspects in other locations.. Seven people were arrested in Karbala. Security forces captured 21 suspects in the capital. Also, 140 security guards were fired in Basra after they were accused of committing crimes.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis