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.
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.
A roadside bomb killed one person near Baquba.
A bomb in Baquba wounded two people.