Updated at 8:05 p.m. EDT, Sept. 1, 2009
Four Iraqis were killed and 12 more were wounded in very light violence. Four of the wounded were previously unreported casualties from a bombing yesterday. Meanwhile, Iraq scheduled a national census for October of next year, hoping that the late date with thwart any sectarian tensions in the oil-rich north.
In political news, Ammar al-Hakim, who just took the reins of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council from his recently deceased father, reached out to rival political parties as part of his campaign to strengthen the SIIC ahead of January elections.
In Baghdad, three people were wounded when an I.E.D. exploded at a petrol station on Palestine Street. A bomb in Sahet al-Dalal killed one person and wounded two others. Witnesses reported a vehicle ban in Mansour.
In Mosul, gunmen killed the chairman of a local humanitarian relief group. Gunmen stormed a mosque, where they killed two people and wounded one more. A roadside bomb injured two soldiers. Permission has been granted for the formation of joint Iraqi-Kurdish-U.S. security teams to help stop attacks in the area.
Four more wounded turned up in yesterday’s bombing in Khanaqin. One dead and 13 wounded were previously reported.
In Muqdadiya, the eight-year-old son of a politician was abducted.
Four suspects, including a woman, were captured in Saidiya.
Eight suspects were detained in Basra city.
Three Katyusha rockets were found in Kut.
Authorities sacked Diwaniya’s police chief.
A man was arrested in Numaniya. Weapons were discovered in his home.
In Amara, 21 suspects were detained.