Saturday: 22 Iraqis Killed, 39 Wounded

Updated at 11:50 p.m. EDT, June 7, 2008

A series of small bombings left casualties across Baghdad today, while a mass grave was found just south of the capital. At least 22 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 39 more were wounded in violence across the country. No Coalition deaths were reported, but U.S. troops killed four men who may have been foreign fighters.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb targeting a police commando patrol, but blasting a bus station as well, killed four people and wounded 18 more on Nidhal Street. Two people were killed and seven more were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a police patrol in Mansour’s Nisoor Square. Elsewhere in Mansour, a bomb planted under a car injured a ministry of defense employee and two others. Police commandos killed one man and confiscated weaponry in a northwest neighborhood. No causalities were reported during a blast in Ur. Nineteen suspects were detained. Also, four bodies were found.

A number of weapons have been found during sweeps of Sadr City.

At least eight bodies were found in a mass grave in Wihda. Some remains were discovered in a sack. The victims were wearing military uniforms.

Near Mosul, four men were killed in a U.S. airstrike. Two safe houses that contained graffiti indicating use by foreign fighters were also destroyed, but the nationality of the men was not released. Five suspects were arrested in a different operation. Also, gunmen attacked a motorcade carrying the governor of Ninewah province, but no casualties were reported. Another bombing left three people wounded in the Baaj district.

A child was killed and three people were wounded in Kanaan when an IED was detonated near a television station.

In Muqdadiya, an IED wounded five Iraqi servicemembers.

A child’s body was found in Qadir Karam.

A man was killed and another arrested after they were observed plating a bomb in al-Liheb.

In Mosul, a man was killed a Baaj area checkpoint. He acted suspicously and was wearing a suicide vest.

An explosion near a children’s hospital in Kirkuk left no casualties, but four suspects were arrested.

Several IEDs were defused and weapons were confiscated in Balad Ruz.

A suspect was arrested and weapons were confiscated in Hartha.

A curfew was imposed on Hit for “security reasons.”

Seven were detained in Aziziya.

In Diyala, 44 detainees were released after they were cleared of any wrongdoing.

The power station in Baiji was attacked and went offline for a day.

A Turkish soldier was wounded during clashes with Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) rebels near the Iraq border.




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.