Friday: 7 Iraqis Killed, 5 Wounded

Updated at 10:10 p.m. EST Feb. 6, 2009

At least seven Iraqis were killed and five more were wounded, as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Iraq. No Coalition deaths were announced, but the U.S. army reported a spike in suicide deaths last month; however, the trend may have gone on longer than admitted. Also, a defense contractor under investigation in the electrocution deaths of U.S. soldiers was awarded a new multi-million dollar electrical contract. And, a senior administration official said that U.S. President Obama will announce in March whether he will withdraw troops within 16 months or opt for a timetable that could run as long as 23 months.

A joint U.S.-Iraqi security team conducted raids in Kirkuk, where they netted six suspects but also killed a civilian.

A bomb in Khanaqin killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded two others.

Two bodies were discovered in Saidiya.

In Mosul, gunmen fired at a patrol in the Shifaa neighborhood but wounded a civilian instead. Also, Iraqi soldiers reported capturing an Egyptian who is suspected of being the leader of an al-Qaeda group. Police defused a bomb outside the home of a provincial council member.

Two men were killed in a Tal Afar marketplace in what apparently was a tribal dispute.

A body was fished out of a Suwayra area river.

A landmine wounded two shepherds in Kuweir.

In Baghdad, police safely detonated a bomb that caused damage to a liquor store in Mansour. A hand grenade lobbed at a store, also in Mansour, left no casualties either.

A weapons and explosives cache was discovered in Fallujah.

Two suspects were captured in Nahda along with a weapons cache.

Five suspects were detained in Tuz.

Two people were arrested in Amara.

Police safely defused a bomb in Basra. In a separate incident, police detained two men and confiscated C4 explosives.

Turkey again conducted an air raid on suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) hideouts in northern Iraq.




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.