Tuesday: 19 Iraqis Killed; 26 Wounded; Tribal Leader Assassinated

Updated at 12:05 a.m. EDT, June 11,2008

Although the assassination of the head of Saddam Hussein’s tribe rocked the country today, it was a relatively quiet day marked mostly by arrests and detentions. At least 19 Iraqis were killed and 26 were wounded in attacks. No Coalition troop deaths were reported.

The head of the al-Bu Nasir tribe, Sheikh Ali al-Nida, was killed when a bomb planted on his car went off in Awja. One guard was also killed and three more were wounded. Saddam Hussein belonged to this particular tribe, and the sheikh was in charge of the former president’s remains after his execution. He had just spoken abour about reconciling with the central government.

In Baghdad, three dumped bodies were found. A suspected car bomber drove into a fence in eastern Baghdad where gunmen erupted from the vehicle; one gunman was killed, and the car did not explode. In a separate incident, U.S. soldiers killed a man who ignored warning shots. One Iraqi officer was killed and five soldiers were wounded during security operations. Five suspects, two al-Qaeda in Iraq members, were captured. Police commandos detained 22 suspects. Also, a pair of roadside bombs targeting police and army patrols in Shabb resulted in no casualties.

Also, in the capital, five people were wounded during a bombing on Saadoun Street.

Four family members were wounded in Tuz Khormato when gunmen tossed a hand grenade at their home

U.S. and Iraqi forces killed three suspects and detained five in northern Iraq.

In Suq al-Shiyukh, a bomb blasted a motorcade carrying a provincial council member. Four guards were wounded. Police arrested 55 wanted men and 10 suspects during unrelated raids.

Two policemen were injured during a roadside bombing in Kirkuk.

In Wassit, the body of a man wearing a uniform and bearing bullet wounds was pulled out of a body of water.

Between Tikrit and Baiji, gunmen killed a former officer during the Saddam era.

Six Iraqi soldiers were arrested in Karbala for collaborating with kidnappers.

A curfew in Hit has been lifted.

Gunmen killed two civilians in Mosul.

A roadside bomb injured two people in Mahmudiya.

South of Nassirya, police defused a C-4 bomb that had a camera attached to it.

In Ninewa province, U.S. forces discovered four bodies belonging to a pair of policemen and another pair of recruits.

The mayor of Suleiman Bek survived an assassination attempt, but one guard was injured.

No casualties were reported during continued Turkish attacks in northern Iraq. Turkish authorities have been fighting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels who are after an independent Kurdistan.


Compiled by Margaret Griffis

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.