Updated at 7:50 p.m, EDT, June 13, 2010
At least 36 Iraqis were killed and 64 more were wounded in new violence. The lion’s share of the casualties came from a coordinated attack against a bank in Baghdad, just a day before the new parliament is to meet. Meanwhile, a British security contractor is appealing a determination that he is mentally able to stand trial in Iraq in the fatal shooting of two colleagues in Baghdad last summer.
In Baghdad, militants perhaps seeking cash set off six bombs within eight minutes of each other at a marketplace near the Central Bank of Iraq. At least 26 people were killed, along with seven of the militants in a gun battle, and another 60 were wounded. The gunmen who were wearing military uniforms took several people hostage. One blast also hit a power generator. Separately, a number of Ansar al-Sunna suspects were detained when Iraqi forces raided their meeting.
In Mosul, gunmen killed two policemen at a souk. Separately, a woman was also shot to death at a souk. Gunmen also wounded a former army general. A bomb damaged an armored vehicle carrying the deputy governor of Ninewa province, but no casualties were reported.
A blast in Zeglawa wounded a policeman.
An aide to the leader of the Naqshabandiya army was captured in Dor. Former Iraqi vice president Izzat Ibrahim leads the militant group.
A Naqshabandiya army suspect was detained in Riyadh.
Four suspects were captured near Hilla.
Police assisted 17 displaced families return to Buhriz.
A temporary food assistance program was implemented in Syria to help about 200,000 of the over one million refugees living there now.