Thursday: 16 Iraqis Killed, 27 Wounded

Updated at 5:06 p.m. EST, Dec. 3, 2009

At least 16 Iraqis were killed and 27 more were wounded in new violence today. In one attack, a significant bombing targeted a police official just north of Baghdad. Also, Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi is willing to discuss the elections law impasse ahead of a Sunday deadline, when he will likely extend his current veto of the bill. In the U.S., the wife of a soldier accused of murdering two army buddies said that the soldier was a changed person after his return from Iraq.

A suicide bomber in Tikrit killed 11 people, including the head of the anti-riot police, and wounded 15 others. Separately, a taxi driver was kidnapped. Four suspects were captured.

In Baghdad, a bomb left at an Adhamiya market killed one person and wounded six others. One person was killed and two were wounded during a magnetic-bomb blast in Karrada. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry issued a warning concerning booby-trapped toys.

Near Tal Afar in Mahlabiya, gunmen killed two soldiers and wounded two more during a mortar attack on their checkpoint. Officials in Tal Afar tightened security recently after reports of potential attacks.

In Mosul, a four-year-old was wounded in a bomb blast. Gunmen wounded a policeman at a checkpoint. Also, a provincial council member accused U.S. forces of violating a security pact by arresting citizens without notifying Iraqi forces first. An Egyptian believed to be an Islamic State of Iraq leader was captured.

Four suspects were detained in Kirkuk.

An ammunition cache and several bombs were found in Karbala.

U.S. forces arrested, but then released a journalist in Duluiya.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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