Thursday: 31 Iraqis Killed, 24 Wounded

Updated at 7:00 p.m. EDT, July 3, 2008

At least 31 Iraqis were killed and 24 more were wounded in the latest round of violence, which included a fresh mass grave in Samarra. Another mass grave, this one containing 33 victims from a 1991 uprising, was found in Khanaqin. No Coalition deaths were reported.

A mass grave containing 33 bodies was discovered in Khanaqin. Authorities believe that the grave dates from a 1991 uprising. The victims were ceremoniously reburied.

As many as fourteen decaying bodies were discovered in Samarra. A larger mass grave was found there last week. U.S. forces said that they initially believe there to be only two bodies and that earlier reports suggesting 14 corpses are wrong.

In Baghdad, four people were killed and eight more were wounded during an evening bombing in Yarmouk. A bomb at the abandoned home of a parliamentarian wounded four people. A bomb targeting a U.S. patrol in Adhimiya failed to produce casualties. Also, four unidentified bodies were found dumped in as many neighborhoods.

In Mosul, two gunmen and a policeman were killed during a gunfight outside a bank; another policeman was wounded. Gunmen killed an off-duty policeman and a civilian playing video games in separate incidents. Also, a roadside bomb wounded two policemen.

Four people were wounded in a bomb blast near Hilla.

A roadside bomb in Tikrit targeted the police chief but wounded five guards instead.

Two bodies were fished out of the Tigris River at Suwayra. The irrigation system there catches bodies that may have been dumped far upstream.

Two suspects were killed and 10 were detained in northern and central Iraq.

Iraqi police arrested two people in Kut.

Five Katyusha rockets were disengaged and confiscated in Baquba.

A U.S. Predator aircraft was discovered crashed in a Dhi Qar desert.

In Khalis, a truck operator and a taxi driver were kidnapped and their vehicles were stolen.

No injuries were reported after a Katyusha rocket attack on the British base at Basra.


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.