Saturday: 53 Iraqis Killed, 148 Wounded

Updated at 12:30 a.m. EDT, April, 27, 2008

At least 53 Iraqis were killed and 148 more were wounded in the latest security incidents. Several suicide bombings took place in the Mosul area. Meanwhile, Turkish air forces bombed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) locations in northern Iraq, but no casualties were reported. No Coalition deaths were announced either.

In Baghdad, gunmen killed a shop owner, then planted bombs that wounded 10 more people. A suicide bomber detonated his car at an Awakening Council (Sahwa) checkpoint in Amiriya, killing two people and injuring eight more. Gunmen injured six people, including three traffic cops, in al-Wathiq Square. A roadside bomb injured three soldiers in al-Suleikh. Six people were wounded in a roadside bombing targeting a police patrol on Palestine Street . Eight al-Qaeda suspects were arrested. Also, five dumped bodies were found.

The U.S. military reported that only 12 people were wounded today in Sadr City; however, hospital sources reported that eight people were killed and 47 were wounded since yesterday. If accurate, the relative peacefulness comes a day after Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged followers to observe a cease fire he imposed on them last summer and which held until Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki targeted al-Sadr’s followers under the guise of a security crackdown.

In Mosul, six people were killed and five others were wounded during a suicide car bombing. Another suicide car bomber killed three and wounded six at an Iraqi army checkpoint. A suicide fuel truck bomber wounded 40 at an Iraqi army base. A car bomb in the Danadan neighborhood wounded three people. During a drive-by shooting yesterday, a man and a woman were killed. Mortars injured two people. Also, the bodies of two Kurds were found.

A suicide bomber blew himself up near U.S. forces in Samarra, who then killed a second suspect. Three other suspects were killed in a separate incident.

In Tikrit, a homemade truck bomb wounded eight people. U.S. forces killed five suspects during raids.

Gunmen killed two policemen in Hatra.

Operations in the al-Jazeera Desert left two gunmen and one Iraqi soldier dead.

U.S. and Iraqi soldiers conducted a raid in Kut, which resulted in clashes. One Iraqi soldier was killed and two civilians were wounded.

In Balad, a U.S. raid left one suspect dead.

Iraqi forces arrested four suspects in Karbala.

Two policemen were wounded during a roadside bombing in Kirkuk.

A roadside bomb killed three Iraqi officers near Baquba. A roadside bomb injured two civilians in the al-Hay neighborhood.

In Sheikh Saad, gunmen killed a policeman.


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.