Wednesday: 3 US Soldiers, 70 Iraqis Killed; 124 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 11:46 p.m. EDT, June 4, 2008

At least 70 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 124 more were injured in the latest violence. The deadliest bombing in months bombing occurred in the capital, while two mass graves were found. Also, gunmen killed three American soldiers during an attack in Hawija today.

In Baghdad, a truck carrying weapons was detonated, perhaps accidentally, near the home of police general in a northern neighborhood; at least 18 were killed and 75 were wounded. A roadside bomb in Karradah killed seven and wounded 11 more. A sewer shaft in eastern Baghdad gave up as many as 12 bodies, which may have been there more than two years. Last night, gunmen killed a police colonel and wounded his brother in Ghadeer. Two dumped bodies were found in al-Guriyaat, and at least another two bodies were discovered elsewhere. Also, a mortar attack in Shabb left an unknown number of casualties.

Six policemen were killed and four more were wounded during an armed attack in Fallujah. A roadside bomb blasted an Iraqi army patrol accompanying a T.V. crew, but no casualties were reported. Although Anbar province has been relatively quiet over the last year, the area has seen an increase in violence recently.

Near Baquba, two soldiers were killed and eight were wounded during a roadside bombing. American forces shot and killed two men wearing suicide vests. Also, Iraqi soldiers accidentally killed a civilian.

A mass grave containing at least 13 bodies was found in Latifiyah. One source said that as many 55 people were in the grave.

In Tikrit, a roadside bomb blasted a prisoner transportation patrol. One detainee was killed and eight policemen were wounded.

A car bomb lightly wounded four civilians in Nassiriya.

Gunmen in Mosul killed a man yesterday.

In Basra, an al-Iraqiya cameraman was slightly injured during a roadside bombing.

A large cache of weapons was confiscated in Samarra.

U.S. forces detained nine suspects across northern and central Iraq.

Karbala police captured five highly sought after suspects.

In Diyala province, seventeen detainees were released after proving their innocence.

The Iranian military continued its artillery attack on northern Iraq.

In Amara, three wanted suspects were captured.

An al-Qaeda suspect was detained in Balad Ruz.

Seven people were wounded when a bomb was detonated near a hotel in Kirkuk.

In Zubayr, a goldsmith and his son were killed inside their shop.

American airstrikes left five wounded in Hilla.


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.