Updated at 12:20 a.m. EDT, May 13, 2008
Supporters of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and members of the largest Shi’ite bloc in Parliament formally signed a cease-fire agreement that should end seven weeks of heavy attacks in Sadr City. Still, many residents are afraid of new sources of violence. At least 25 Iraqis were killed and another 36 were wounded across Iraq in the latest incidents. Also, an American soldier was killed when a roadside bomb blasted his road-clearing patrol in Baghdad last night.
In Baghdad, two dumped bodies were found. Gunmen killed a defense ministry officer. The Iraqi army killed eight suspects and detained 16 more. In Hurriya, U.S. forces killed three suspects that residents say were college students; eight people were also detained. Two civilians were injured during a bombing in al-Binouk. Clashes between U.S. forces and gunmen left three civilians with injuries. A bomb targeting a U.S. patrol injured one civilian instead. Also, one suspect was killed in Baghdad.
Although violence has tapered off in Sadr City, two people were killed and 24 were wounded overnight. U.S. forces also killed three gunmen. Meanwhile, gunmen fired a rocket at a U.S. helicopter, but no casualties were reported.
An Iraqi soldier was killed and two more were wounded in al-Rashad during a roadside bombing.
In Nassiriya, two policemen were wounded when a bomb hidden in an air conditioning unit blew up.
Two bodies were found near Samarra.
An Awakening Council (Sahwa) member was killed during a bombing in Shurqat.
A Sahwa leader was killed in Garma.
In Mosul, 81 suspects were arrested during security operations.
Six suspects were arrested in Kirkuk.
In Makhmour, four suspects were detained.
Iraqi officials reported that Turkish warplanes bombed suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebel camps in northern Iraq, but no casualties were reported.
A U.S. forces conducted an air strike in Arab Jabour, but no casualties were reported.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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