Friday: 56 Iraqis Killed, 158 Wounded

Updated at 2:01 p.m. EDT, May 22, 2010

A car bombing in a predominantly Shi’ite city near Baghdad killed and wounded dozens. Overall, at least 56 Iraqis were killed and 158 were wounded across the country. Also, two Iranians held in U.S. detention were freed.

A car bomb in the town of Khalis killed 49 people and wounded 132 others. Most of the victims were at a restaurant, but the target of the bombing may have been a police station. Several buildings in the area were destroyed, so it took many hours to find most of the victims.

In Baghdad, a bomb wounded four policemen inside a building being used by security forces. A roadside bomb wounded eight people.

A bomb in Mussayab wounded six people near a Shi’ite mosque.

Four people were killed and one was injured during a home invasion near Muqdadiya.

Two attacks in Tikrit left one soldier dead and six more wounded.

Gunmen stormed a home in Diwaniya where they killed the brother of a military intelligence. One suspect was arrested, but police believe it was three gunmen.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a civilian.

A bomb injured a policeman in Baquba.

Two suspects were arrested in Hawija.

Across Basra province, 12 suspects were arrested and several explosive devices were seized.

Four Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels were killed in Turkish air strikes in northern Iraq.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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