Updated at 5:50 p.m. EDT, May 15, 2009
At least six Iraqis were killed and another nine were wounded in the latest attacks. No Coalition troops deaths were reported, but a British employee of a security firm was killed in Hilla. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called for a reduction in power-sharing pacts between Shi’ites and minority groups.
In Baghdad, a man was killed during a drive-by shooting in the Jihad neighborhood. A grenade attack on a U.S. patrol in New Baghdad wounded two civilians instead. Two civilians were injured during a bombing in Yarmouk.
In Mosul, one policeman was killed and a gunman was wounded during an attack on a checkpoint; possibly, another policeman was wounded. A female journalist spotted a bomb under her car; the device exploded as police approached it, but no casualties were reported. Also a council member’s nephew was kidnapped.
A roadside bomb blast in Hilla killed a British security employee and two Iraqi guards.
Two policemen and an Awakening Council member were wounded when gunmen attacked their Samarra area checkpoint.
The body of a woman in her 20s was discovered near Mandali. Because there were no reports of a missing woman, authorities believe she was killed in a family dispute.
A decapitated body was found in the Christian village of Tal Keif.
During a raid in Suwayra, police arrested 12 al-Qaeda suspects along with two Awakening Council members.
Kurdish forces in Sinjar defused an I.E.D. and a car bomb.
Kirkuk police arrested two people in possession of explosives.
Two suspects were arrested at a car bomb factory.
In Turkey, a landmine believed to have been planted by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels killed a Kurdish militia member and wounded a second one. The militia members were working alongside Turkish troops. A clash followed the bombing.