Saturday: 37 Iraqis Killed, 33 Wounded

Updated at 10:00 p.m. EDT, April 5, 2008

At least 37 Iraqis were killed and another 33 were wounded during the latest attacks. No Coalition troops were reported killed, but U.S. troops in Baghdad are continuing their campaign to end Green Zone rocket attacks, which escalated after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered a “security crackdown” in Basra.

In Baghdad, seven dumped bodies were recovered. An Iraqi priest belonging to the Syrian Orthodox Church was gunned down in the Karrada district. On the Mohammed alQasim Highway, a police brigadier general was killed. Three people were killed and 16 others were wounded when their bus drove over a roadside bomb on Palestine Street. Two people were injured during a mortar attack in Rustamiyah. In Qahira, two people were injured when a car attached to the car was detonated. Mortars in Jurf al-Naddaf left one dead and seven wounded.

Meanwhile, U.S. troops are “pushing” rocket launch sites near Sadr City further away from the Green Zone. These operations became necessary after the prime minister launched a security operation that backfired.

The headless bodies of four oil security guards were found in Khaneqeen. Four policemen were gunned down and a civilian was wounded.

A sniper in Mahmudiya killed a policeman.

The body of a police commando was found near Hilla.

U.S. forces killed two suspects west of Samarra.

The body of an engineer was found in Kut.

In Mosul, gunmen attacked a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). They were repelled by the guards, but one gunman was captured. MNF forces killed a suspect. Also, three dumped bodies were found.

Near Khalis, five gunmen were killed during clashes with security forces.

Three policemen and an officer were injured during an IED explosion at the Kirkuk police academy.

In Hamza al-Gharbi, gunmen tried to kill the police chief. Instead one gunman was killed and one policeman was injured.

Two bodies were found in Iskandariya.

A purported al-Qaeda hideout was discovered on an island in the Tigris River.

The MNF base at Diwaniya came under Katyusha rocket attack, but no casualties were reported.


Compiled by Margaret Griffis

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.