Friday: 29 Iraqis Killed, 128 Wounded

Updated at 2:50 p.m. EDT, May 14, 2010

At least 29 Iraqis were killed and 128 more were wounded in three separate attacks in Iraq. The Islamic State in Iraq, meanwhile, has threatened new attacks after naming its new leader. Also, no fraud was detected during a recount of Baghdad province ballots.

The Islamic State of Iraq has named al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman its new leader. He replaces Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri, who was killed last month during a U.S. air strike on his hideout. In Abu Suleiman’s first statement, he warned of a new campaign against Shi’ites.

A triple suicide bombing left at least 25 dead and as many as 108 wounded during a Tal Afar soccer game. At least one bomber drove a car to the stadium and detonated it near the entrance. The others blew up suicide vests. The town, which is heavily populated by ethnic Turkmen, has been targeted by large attacks in the past.

Twenty worshippers were wounded when a car bomb exploded outside a Shi’ite mosque that is partially under construction north of Hilla in Jbala.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a tailor.

In the border town of Darbandikhan, Iranian soldiers detained an Iraqi border guard during an incident of mistaken identity. The Iranians thought the border guards were Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) rebels. One guard is still in detention, and some shots were fired. Negotiations are underway for the release of the guard.

Four roadside bombs were defused in Rutba.

A weapons cache was recovered in Hibhib.

Eleven suspects were arrested across Diyala province. Two more surrendered.

Eighteen suspects were detained across Basra province.

Five suspected of involvement in Monday’s attacks in Suwayra were arrested.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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