Saturday: 21 Iraqis Killed, 14 Wounded, 9 Kidnapped

Updated at 6:25 p.m. EDT, Aug. 23, 2008

At least 21 Iraqis were killed and another 14 were wounded in the latest attacks. Nine Iraqis were kidnapped in two separate incidents in Diyala province as well. No Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile, U.S. forces released another detained journalist.

U.S. forces released a cameraman working for the Associated Press Television News. The Iraqi journalist was held for over three months and was never charged with any crimes. Earlier this week a Reuters photojournalist was released under similar circumstances.

In Baghdad, a senior official at the Culture Ministry was shot dead and his driver was wounded while traveling on a highway. A body was found in Jamiya. A rocket attack on an Iraqi base in Adhamiya left three soldiers with wounds.

Five people were killed and eight more were were wounded when a suicide bomber struck at a Kirkuk automobile dealership.

Gunmen killed four members of an Awakening Council (Sahwa) in Baiji.

In Baquba, a roadside bomb killed one person. A separate bomb wounded two rubbish collectors.

Three bodies were fished out of a river in Suwayra, where such discoveries are often made thanks to a complex irrigation system.

In Mosul, a body was found. An Iraqi army officer and another soldier were shot dead in eastern Mosul. Two men accidentally killed themselves as they were trying to plant a roadside bomb.

Gunmen killed one person in Arbil.

A 17-year-old girl was freed and her abductors were arrested in Nasariya.

Eight men were kidnapped near Buhriz in al-Gotin. The men were taken when a convoy of gunmen arrived en masse in the town.

A coordinator working between U.S. forces and factions in Salah ad-Din province was kidnapped while near Baquba.

At least 27 suspects were arrested in Dhi-Qar province, including two men who are suspected of stealing oil pipelines.

U.S. forces detained 13 suspects across northern and central Iraq.

Eight suspects were detained in Diyala province. One was a founding member of The Return Party, which the central government accuses of being a a replacement for the dissolved Baath Party. The rest are suspected of being in al-Qaeda members.


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.