Monday: 9 Iraqis Killed, 9 Wounded

Updated 7:58 p.m. EST, Dec. 29, 2008

At least nine Iraqis were killed and nine more were wounded during a light day of violence. No Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile, Britain hopes to finalize a security agreement with Iraq before the U.N. mandate runs out. Also, Sweden demanded due process for a Swedish citizen held in custody by U.S. forces.

In Baghdad, gunmen killed two displaced Iraqis who had recently returned to their homes. Also, Sadrists protested an Israeli operation in Gaza during a demonstration in Mustansiriya Square.

Six civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb was detonated in downtown Baquba.

In Mosul, a suicide bomber killed a man as well as himself at a grocery shop. Gunmen killed two people in separate incidents. Soldiers detained a TV journalist on charges of being related to an Islamic State of Iraq finance minister.

A suicide bomber blew himself up in Tal Afar, apparently only injuring a colleague.

In Mahaweel, a police captain was killed when a bomb exploded in front of his house. His wife and daughter were also killed.

A Jalawla council member shot and injured a fellow councilman.

A bomb attached to a police car exploded while the vehicle was at a Basra fueling station. The driver was injured. Basra police detained 51 suspects across the province.

Eight suspects were arrested in Iskandariya.

A suspect was arrested in Taza.

Three suspects were detained in Muqdadiya.

In Diyala, 171 women are running for public office in upcoming elections. An estimated 8,000 women were made widows by the violence, leaving them vulnerable not only to poverty but to recruitment as suicide bombers as well. The women running for office hope to improve conditions for the widows.



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.