Wednesday: 1 US Soldier, 13 Iraqis Killed; 32 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 4:55 p.m. EDT, Oct. 7, 2009

At least 13 Iraqis were killed an 32 more were wounded in the latest attacks. Meanwhile, 36 Iranian-opposition detainees were freed. Also, a U.S. soldier was killed in a non-combat incident.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki explained to a group of businessmen that 74 percent of Iraq’s budget was allotted for security personnel, but he hopes that next year more money can be used for reconstruction.

A hand grenade tossed at civilians near the Abu Ghraib hospital killed two and wounded nine of them.

In Mosul, two policemen were killed in a blast in Zahraa. A bomb in Mosul Jadida killed one policeman and wounded three others. In Wehda, gunmen killed a civilian. Four people were wounded during an explosion in Zinjili. A bomb in Ghizlani wounded three people.

In Baghdad, one person was killed and five others were wounded when a bomb blasted a minibus traveling in Amiriya.

A bomb targeting a patrol on a highway between Saidiya and Imam Weis killed two policemen and wounded three others.

A civilian was killed and four members of his family were wounded when a bomb attached to his car was detonated in Tal Keef.

The bodies of three police officers were found in Sharqat. The trio was kidnapped a month ago.

Gunmen wounded an off-duty policeman in Samarra.

A girl was freed and five kidnappers were detained near Amara.

Iraqi authorities released 36 detainees and allowed them to return to their homes in Camp Ashraf. The camp is home to several thousand Iranian refugees, many who once belonged to the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran. The detainees were arrested after a melee at the camp three months ago. Iraq would like to see the group leave the country, but no third country is willing to take them. They fear returning to Iraq would leave them open to torture and executions.

Seven suspects were detained in Hawija. Two bombs were discovered.

Several suspects were captured across Basra province.

The leader of a gang specializing in kidnapping and murder was caught in Aim al-Tamr City.

A counterfeiter with fake documents in his possession was arrested in Baquba.

Turkish forces killed three Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels. Meanwhile, a bomb at a bank in southeastern Turkey left no casualties.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.