At least 19 Iraqis were killed and 23 more were wounded in the latest violence. One of the dead was a kidnapped Christian man but security personnel again found themselves the targets of several attacks.
In Fallujah, an explosion near a policeman’s home left seven wounded. When first responders arrived, a second blast killed one policeman and wounded three others. Separately, an al-Qaeda leader and his aide were captured. Two other suspects were arrested and their bomb-making equipment was seized outside town.
Gunmen killed three soldiers in Baaj then stole their weaponry.
In Kirkuk, gunmen killed a child and wounded three civilians.
Two people were killed in a blast in Mahaweel.
Anti-riot squads are on alert in Nasariya over rumors that an unlicensed demonstration may occur. Residents have recently protested and, in one case, rioted over electricity shortages.