Updated at 8:23 p.m. EST, Oct. 4, 2010
At least 13 Iraqis were killed and 59 more were wounded in numerous attacks across the country. While Baghdad suffered significant violence, particularly towards government employees, predominantly Kurdish areas of the country also saw many attacks. In political developments, a new deal that could end the deadlock preventing the new government from taking power could be in the works for Iraqiya.
The Iraqiya party called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside and allow their party leader, Ayad Allawi, to take the premiership as acknowledgement that Iraqiya narrowly won March elections. While that is unlikely to happen, officials also mentioned that Allawi spoke with Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. In that conversation, they discussed supporting Maliki in exchange for expanding the role of the president and installing Allawi in that position.
In Jalawla, four policemen were killed and at least 17 more were wounded when two bombs exploded outside a Peshmerga fighter’s home.
In Baghdad, one guard was killed and seven others were wounded when a bomb targeting a higher education ministry undersecretary exploded in Jadriya. A bomb on Nidhal Street injured a senior police official and six others. Two civil servants were wounded in separate blasts on Street 52 and Kadhimiya. A bomb left in Tayaran Square wounded two people. Gunmen wounded a police officer outside his Palestine St. home. A blast in Naairiya wounded one civilian. A bomb in Karrada killed one and wounded another person. Another blast wounded two in Hurriya. Also, mortars struck the Green Zone.
Two soldiers were killed and nine people were wounded when a sticky bomb targeting an army convoy exploded in Qayara.
In Kirkuk, two children were wounded when gunmen threw a hand grenade into a teacher’s home. Gunmen killed one guard and wounded a second at the Iraqi National Turkmen Party offices. An I.E.D. blast targeting a vehicle belonging to the Independent High Electoral Commission in Kurdistan wounded two policemen. Also, a bomb was detonated at a lawyer’s home last night but left no casualties.
In Garma, a sticky bomb killed a television cameraman who worked for a U.S. sponsored station.
An Awakening Council member was shot dead in Mussayab.
Three people were wounded in a blast in Baquba.
In Mosul, separate bombs killed a soldier and wounded two more.
A woman’s body was found in Hilla.
A girl kidnapped in Salah ad Din was liberated from a house in Souk al-Shyoukh.
A sticky bomb left on a Hamam al-Alil councilmember’s car exploded but left no casualties.
Eighteen suspects were detained in Basra province. Later, three more suspects were captured.