Although election news overshadowed reports of attacks, at least seven Iraqis were killed and 19 more were wounded across the country.
Sunni Arab Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi threatened to veto a new elections law if it is not altered to give Iraqi refugees a voice. The veto could postpone January’s national election. In Ninewa province meanwhile, minority communities, including Christians, Shabaks and Yazidis, demanded extra protection ahead of the election. Also, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki also warned of Ba’athist “infiltration” into the elections.
In Mosul, a bomb explosion killed a 12-year-old child and wounded five other people. Three soldiers were injured in a separate blast.
Three children were wounded in a blast in Tal Keef, a mostly Christian town north of Mosul.
Five bodies were buried in a mass grave after authorities in Kirkuk failed to identify the victims.
In Neda, a roadside bomb blast killed one passenger on a minibus and wounded three others.
A bomb in Jedidat al-Shatt wounded three policemen.
A roadside blast wounded two brothers in Saidiya.
Two suspects were arrested in Amara after a weapons cache was discovered in their home.
Nine suspects were captured in downtown Basra.
Hawija police found a rocket-propelled grenade.
Thirteen suspects were detained in Diyala province.