Thursday: 7 Iraqis Killed, 21 Wounded

At least seven Iraqis were killed, including a suspected al-Qaeda operative, and 21 more were wounded in new violence. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani said the controversial ADE-651 bomb detector would be removed from service if tests prove it to be useless. Also, Britain awaits the testimony of former-Prime Minster Tony Blair tomorrow at the Iraq Inquiry.

In Mosul, U.S. military officials announced the death of a suspect believed to be a key al-Qaeda operative. Abu Khalaf was killed when he attacked a guard during an escape attempt. Four people were killed and three more were wounded during a blast. Three suspects were arrested separately and accused of the 2008 murder of local journalists.

Seven policemen were wounded in Kirkuk during a blast near the electrical distribution department. A second blast injured another five people, including civilians.

Four people were wounded in a mortar attack in Zap.

In Baghdad, a sniper hiding in a Karrada neighborhood building killed one policeman and wounded a second who were stationed at a checkpoint. Gunmen in Adel killed a Sunni Imam. In Wehda, a policeman was injured during a small arms attack. Two forgery gangs were captured. A joint U.S.-Iraqi force arrested seven suspects.

Five explosive belts were discovered in an abandoned house in Rutba.

At a hearing in Nasariya, two defendants confessed to attending a beheading that was screened in the courtroom.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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