Updated at 5:51 p.m. EDT, Sept. 12, 2009
Baghdad again was targeted by a series of bombs, this time against religious shrines. Overall, at least 10 Iraqis were killed and 49 more were wounded there and elsewhere. Also, Prime Minister’s Nouri al-Maliki’s “spat” with Syria could be hurting him politically ahead of January elections. Iraq’s Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi meanwhile announced that he will run in those elections as a member of a new political party.
In Baghdad, a pair of bombs near a shrine in Bab al-Muadham killed four people and wounded 35 others. A bomb hidden inside a Quran was defused at a shrine in Kadhimiya. Another bomb killed one and wounded two others in Tobji. Five people were wounded during another bombing in Raghebat Khatoun. A roadside bomb injured two policemen in Qadissiyah.
In Mosul, an explosion near an Iraqi patrol rattled them into firing randomly, accidentally killing a policeman. Two policemen were wounded in clashes the Thawra neighborhood. An evening blast wounded two soldiers in Wehda.
A bomb targeting an Awakening Council (Sahwa) leader’s car in Baquba killed him, another man and two women. A second report said the blast killed two women and two children instead.
Gunmen wounded a taxi driver in Makhmour.
A raid in Samarra led to the arrests of three al-Qaeda suspects.
Kut police arrested two brothers wanted on murder and kidnapping charges.
A bomb was defused in Riyadh.
Seven suspects were detained and five bombs were confiscated in Basra province.
A man suspected of 80 murders was arrested in Kanaan.
Near Karbala in Ayn al-Tamr, 100 grenades were seized. Another 35 were found in Hindiya.
Combined forces detained 106 suspects near Amerli.