Thursday: 2 US Soldiers, 9 Iraqis Killed; 17 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 5:12 p.m. EDT, April, 8, 2010

At least nine Iraqis were killed and 17 more were wounded in new attacks. Also, two U.S. soldiers were killed and five more were wounded during combat operations in northern Iraq yesterday. Meanwhile, U.S. Central Command said there are no plans to reopen an investigation into a 2007 helicopter attack that left two Reuters journalists dead.

A member of the Iraqiya party warned that delays in the formation of the new government could threaten security gains. Mazen Abdeljabbar specifically pointed out Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s attempt to stay in power.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a Shabak man and wounded his wife. Clashes left one gunman dead and five security personnel wounded; two suspects were captured as well. In a third shooting, one man was killed and another was wounded. One gunman was killed and another was wounded as a device they were planting blew up prematurely. Police defused a bomb left near a mosque.

Gunmen killed two people at a marketplace in Khalis, while two people were wounded during a shootout at their home.

In Baghdad, a policeman survived a stabbing near Shuala. Another policeman was wounded in an attack on an Interior Ministry official’s private car; the official was killed. Police found and defused bombs set to demolish an apartment building in Zaafaraniya.

Three policemen were wounded during a roadside bombing in Diyala province. An al-Qaeda suspect was arrested.

A roadside bomb killed one person near Baquba.

A bomb in Baquba wounded two people.

In Basra, a body was found stabbed to death. Eighteen suspects were arrested province. A kidnapping gang was also captured.

Three suspects were arrested near Kirkuk. Police defused an explosive device left on a highway.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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