Updated at 8:59. p.m. EDT, Sept. 14, 2009
Numerous small attacks across central and northern Iraq left at least 18 Iraqis were killed and 30 more were wounded. A U.S. helicopter played a role in one of the attacks. The D.O.D. reported the death of a U.S. soldier in a vehicle accident on Saturday.
One gunman was killed when security forces backed by a U.S. helicopter attempted to stop a truck carrying weapons in Tal Abta. The men in the truck fired upon the forces. The helicopter crew then returned fire and shot a rocket at the truck. A second gunman, believed to be Yemeni, was captured while a third man escaped. During the search for the third man, Iraqi police clashed with gunmen. Two policemen and two gunmen were killed.
In Mosul, a bomb killed two policemen and wounded seven others as they were defusing it. A second bomb killed a woman and wounded her daughter. Last night, a bomb targeting an police official’s car wounded two bodyguards. Gunmen killed an Iraqi soldier.
A bomb killed three policemen and wounded three civilians, possibly in front of a Baquba movie theater. Two people were killed and two more were wounded in a blast south of the city. Gunmen wounded a man and a woman northeast of the city. Nine suspects were detained in Baquba. Also, an Iraqi soldier was killed and two others were wounded in a vehicle rollover.
A bomb killed an antiquities director and wounded his son as they were driving in Buhriz.
One person was killed and three people were wounded during an explosion at a café near Iskandariya. The bombing may have been retaliation for the capture of 21 men yesterday.
A female student was kidnapped from an institute in Kirkuk.
In Amara, 52 suspects were detained.
The head of Suwayra municipal council was arrested on terrorism charges.
Police captured three suspects and confiscated two tons of TNT in Riyadh.
Eight suspects were captured in Basra province. Police also found a car used in a rocket attack against a U.S. checkpoint at the Iranian border.
Weapons were seized south of Amara in Qalaat Saleh.
A woman suspected of recruiting female bombers was detained in Mussayab.