Wednesday: 2 U.S. Soldiers, 26 Iraqis Killed; 40 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 12:50 a.m. EDT, June 12, 2008

At 26 Iraqis were killed and 40 more were wounded, mostly during a series of explosions in Baghdad. Two U.S. military deaths were reported as well. Meanwhile, the Iraqi ambassador in Tehran said a bomb was found at his home, but Iranian authorities claimed a suspicious package was not packed with explosives.

The DOD reported that an American soldier died of injuries suffered in combat operations in Sinjar. Meanwhile, MNF authorities reported another soldier died of non-battle-related causes in Baghdad.

In Baghdad, five minibus passengers were killed and 10 were wounded during a bombing in Hurriya. A roadside bomb in Kamb Sara killed one civilian and wounded seven others. One person was killed and seven more were injured during a blast in Karrada. A bomb blast near a Binouk petrol station injured two people. Also, one gunman was killed and over 50 were detained in security operations.

Five bodies bearing gunshot and torture wounds were found in Fallujah.

A roadside bomb in Kut killed two policemen and wounded four others. The bodies of two policemen were brought in to the morgue.

In Kirkuk, a roadside bomb wounded six people. Four unidentified bodies, one a female, were buried.

Awja remains under a curfew after the death of a tribal leader there yesterday.

Two al-Qaeda suspects were killed and 16 more were detained in Buhriz.

In Numaniya, U.S. forces captured a “special groups” suspect they believe is a bomb expert. “Special groups” is a term used by the military to describe Iranian-backed militia groups.

Gunmen blew up an army officer’s home in Saidiya, but no casualties were reported. Also, five suspects were arrested.

In Mosul, U.S. forces detained a man believed to lead an al-Qaeda-linked court system. Eight suspects were detained separately. Also, two roadside bombs were detonated and injured one girl.

Eighteen wanted men were arrested in Karbala.

In Nasr, 24 suspects were detained.

Near the Iranian border in Diyala province, a roadside bomb killed three Kurdish soldiers and wounded three more.


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.