Tuesday: 2 Marines, 125 Iraqis Killed; 166 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 11:38 p.m. EDT, April 15, 2008

The country was rocked by several car bombs as clashes resumed in Sadr City. At least 125 Iraqis were killed and 166 were wounded in the elevated violence. Also, two Marines were killed during combat operations in Anbar Province.

In Baquba, as many as 53 were killed and at least 70 more were wounded during a car bombing near the courthouse.

A suicide bomber killed 13 people and injured 20 more outside a kebab restaurant in Ramadi. Five policemen were killed and four more were wounded during a bombing at a checkpoint in the Hamidhiya area.

Overnight clashes in Sadr City left as many as 16 dead and 26 wounded. U.S. forces reportedly killing 10 suspects, while police and hospital authorities reported the other casualties.

Gunmen killed a bodyguard and wounded an aide to Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during an assassination attempt in Basra. A civilian was killed and two more were wounded during an armed attack. Also, a Coalition air strike left four suspects dead and one more injured.

In Mosul, a double car bombing killed three people and wounded at least 16 people. A stray bullet killed a schoolgirl inside her classroom. A roadside bomb wounded four policemen. Two Iraqi soldiers were injured during a roadside bombing. Also, gunmen killed a female lawyer and her sister. In a separate incident, three women and a man were killed after gunmen stormed their apartment. Another civilian was killed during an armed attack and a U.S. soldier was wounded during a roadside bombing.

Five people were killed and two were wounded during an armed attack on a village near Karbala. Women were among the dead, and 150 people were forced to flee. Fourteen homes were destroyed.

In Baghdad, a car bomb targeting a police patrol killed four people and wounded 15 in a central neighborhood. Two civilians were killed and two more were wounded in Karrada. Mortars injured two people in Dolai. Mortars struck the Green Zone. Also, three bodies were found.

Clashes took place near Khanaqin after border guards discovered smugglers using mules to bring bombs across the border from Iran. A cache of weapons was also found.

The bodies of two al-Qaeda suspects were found in Balad Ruz.

Five people were wounded during a bombin in Tuz.

Al-Doum was attacked by gunmen believed to be from the Mahdi army. Five people were killed and six kidnapped.

U.S. forces detained 18 suspects in northern and central Iraq. In al-Yayji, 21 suspects were arrested. Five more were detained in al-Maarid and al-Wassiti. A raid in al-Katoun netted an al-Qaeda leader. Ten suspects were detained around Baquba. In Diwaniya, 25 suspects were arrested. Twelve were detained in Aziziya.

A U.S. Humvee was destroyed in Diwaniya, but there is no word on casualties.


Compiled by Margaret Griffis

Author: Margaret Griffis

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