Figures from yesterday’s bombings in Karbala climbed overnight adding to today’s toll. Overall, at least 10 Iraqis were killed and 30 more were wounded across the country. Meanwhile, the Turkish prime minister is visiting Baghdad. Also, Malaysian police have arrested MP Mohammad al-Dayni on terrorism charges.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Baghdad to sign economic agreements. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki took this opportunity to reiterate Iraq’s demand that Turkey stop cross-border attacks against the Kurdistan Workers Party. Although the rebel group was recently seeking a permanent truce, Turkey has stepped up its campaign against them. Tensions between Iraq and Syria will also be discussed.
Mohammad al-Dayni was arrested by Malaysian police. He has been accused of involvement in terrorism, particularly a parliment building bombing; however, he claims that such accusations are harassment on the part of his political enemies.
Forty Iraqis seeking asylum in the United Kingdom will be sent back to southern Iraq despite fears that they will face violence or death.
In Mosul, a bomb killed one Iraqi policeman and wounded four other people. One civilian was wounded in another blast.
A bomb planted on a car belonging to a Kurdish security member exploded, killing him and wounding his wife and two kids, in Tuz Khormatu.
In Baghdad, a blast in Qahira killed a civilian and wounded three others.
A civilian was killed and two others were wounded during a blast in Buhriz.
A bomb in Balad Ruz wounded three soldiers.
In Saidiya, a blast wounded two security personnel.
A man attacked a journalist, wounding him, in Ramadi.
Two people were wounded in a blast outside a Baquba home.
A senior al-Qaeda leader accused of involvement in a 2007 bombing in Tal Afar among other attacks in the area was arrested while undergoing a surgical procedure at a Mosul hospital. Security personnel moved him to a hospital in Tal Afar.