Saturday: 8 Iraqis Killed, 20 Wounded

Updated at 12:10 a.m EST, Jan. 4, 2009

At least eight Iraqis were killed and 20 more were wounded during light violence. No Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile, more information was released on a New Year’s Day shooting incident involving U.S. troops. Also, the father and brother of a suicide bomber who staged an attack in Yusufiya were detained.

New information concerning the fate of a female television producer who was shot and wounded by U.S. troops was released. She was shot on Jan. 1, the day those troops came under the authority of a new security pact. The hearing impaired woman was shot in the back after she ignored commands from the troops. The troops claimed they thought she might have presented a danger to security forces or civilians. Both Iraqi and U.S. authorities are investigating the incident.

The father and brother of a suicide bomber who attcked a tribal feast yesterday in Yusufiya confessed to helping the man.

A sticky bomb attached to a vehicle killed two people and wounded another in Sinjar. This is the second reported attack this week. While this bomb blasted Zubaid tribe chieftains, most attacks in the Sinjar area target members of a small religious group called the Yazidis. Yesterday, a separate bomb injured two civilians. The Iraqi Journalists and Media Union condemned the attack.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a policeman.

Gunmen burned down two Garma schools that were being prepared for provincial elections. Four of them were later captured.

In Baghdad, two pilgrims were killed and 10 more were wounded during a bomb in Zaafaraniya; they were on their way to Karbala. Two people were killed and seven were injured during shelling on Palestine Street. A Katyusha rocket strike left no casualties. Also, U.S. troops abandoned a former shopping mall converted into a base.

Gunmen stormed a home in Kirkuk where they killed a communist party member.

A rocket attack left no casualties at an Iraqi base in Amara.

Two suspects were detained in Kut.

In Karbala, an estimated 50,000 visitors have arrived for Ashuraa observances, while police said they have already foiled an attack.

Thirty rockets were seized in Souk al-Sheikh.


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.