Updated at 7:20 p.m. EDT, April, 16, 2008
At least 28 Iraqis were killed and 47 more were wounded in the latest attacks. No Coalition deaths were reported. The U.S. military released a Pulitzer prizewinning photographer after holding him in prison for two years. Meanwhile, Turkish warplanes struck at a group of rebel suspects attempting to enter Turkey.
An Iraqi photographer, who works for the Associated Press, was released after spending the last two years in U.S. custody. Bilal Hussein had been accused of helping insurgents, but was released after U.S. authorities said he was no longer a security risk. Thousands of prisoners being held in Iraqi and American custody spend months and years in jail without seeing a trial. Many are eventually released due to lack of evidence. Another 300 detainees were released from Cropper prison, and 28 were freed in Diyala provinc.e
Two people were killed and 18 wounded during renewed clashing in Sadr City. Women and children were among the wounded. Also, about 80 Iraqi soldiers abandoned their post, complaining of the lack of ammunition, training and communication.
In Baghdad, mortars killed three people and wounded three more at their home in an eastern neighborhood. One civilian was killed and eight more were wounded during mortar shelling in Karrada. No casualties were reported during a mortar attack on the Green Zone. Five people were injured when mortars fell on a petrol station on Qanat St. Also, four dumped bodies were found.
Two people were killed and five were wounded when gunmen fired upon a minibus in Muqdadiyah.
In Basra, an unmanned U.S. drone plane launched missiles that killed four suspects and wounded one more, but police said six people were dead and three more were injured. Top security leaders were removed from their post. Also, a Sadrist was arrested after bombs were found at his home.
In Balad, police killed seven al-Qaeda suspects and arrested three others.
Two civilians were injured during a roadside bombing in Kirkuk. A bodyguard working for agriculture department was injured during a separate bombing.
A security member was shot and killed in Khan Bani Saad.
Detainees in Hilla have started a hunger strike.
An al-Sistani representative was wounded during an armed attack on him in Kut.
The governor of Karbala survived an assassination attempt that left no casualties.
A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. patrol in Hit, but no casualties were reported.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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