In the latest violence, at least 14 Iraqis were killed and 24 more were wounded. Turkish warplanes chasing Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels across the border bombed suspected hideouts in northern Iraq, after an attack that left two soldiers dead in Turkey; rebels denied any loses on their side. Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral Commission said that no routine ballot rigging was discovered with 90% of the recount completed.
Three people were killed and five were wounded at a home in Amerli, when bombs planted at a policeman’s home were detonated.
In Mosul, gunmen killed an off-duty policeman and separately murdered a woman at a butcher’s shop. An imam was killed after prayers, and two gunmen were arrested in connection with the attack. A stun grenade wounded two civilians. A bomber was arrested. Three suspects were captured.
Four bodies were found in a well south of Samarra in Jazeera. Their level of decomposition suggests they were killed about 18 months ago.
A police official was shot dead in Sadr City.
Suleimaniyah police found a body belonging to the 16-year-old son of a Sufi sheik; the boy had been kidnapped for ransom. Hundreds demonstrated at Suleimaniyah University to protest the murder of a fellow student and journalist who was known to have criticized the Kurdish government in his writings. His body was discovered in Mosul this week.
Four policemen were injured when a bomb exploded in Adhim.
A large weapons cache was found in Sukran.
Two E.F.P.s were defused in the Sabba oil field of Dhi Qar province.
Twenty suspects were arrested across Diwaniya province.