Updated at 6:47 p.m. EDT, Oct. 5, 2009
At least 12 Iraqis were killed and 62 more were wounded across the country. Meanwhile, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned that he would call for a boycott of January elections if it is not run on the “open list” system.
A car bomb wounded 30 Peshmerga soldiers in Rabeaa. The Peshmerga are a Kurdish outfit.
An army vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Fallujah. One civilian was killed and six others were wounded. A separate bomb wounded another civilian.
The body of a Christian man was discovered in Kirkuk three days after he was kidnapped. Kirkuk has seen an uptick in violence towards Christians recently, and several families have moved away in fear. Yesterday, the body of a health directory employee was discovered. A late-evening explosion near an official’s home left no casualties.
In Mosul, a ten-year-old boy was killed when a bomb hidden in garbage exploded. A bomb wounded two policemen, while a separate blast wounded two soldiers. One civilian was wounded in crossfire between policeman and gunmen in Farouq. An explosion left one civilian wounded. Soldiers killed a man attempting to throw a grenade at them.
Security forces in Mosul have arrested over 200 suspects in the latest security operation, but many of the arrested have no criminal records and include businessmen, college professors and officials.
Four gangs were arrested in Basra province.
Fifteen suspects who were detained in Tikrit on Friday were released. The arrests were followed by protests from demonstrators and the governor.
A suspected al-Qaeda leader was arrested on Saturday in northern Ninewa province.
Seven rockets targeting Aziziya were located and defused.
Dhi Qar police detained 46 suspects.