Updated at 10:28 p.m. EDT, Oct. 9, 2010
Displaying newfound confidence that he has the support to remain prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki called on rival parties to make concessions and enter into talks to end the political impasse plaguing Iraq for the last seven months. He also asked opponents living in exile to return home. Meanwhile, at least six Iraqis were killed and 24 more were wounded in violence located mostly in central Iraq.
Three brothers were killed execution-style after being dragged out of their home in Garma. Their driver was wounded. The suspected killers were described as dressed in military uniforms. Although Anbar province, where Garma is located, has seen several controversial operations involving military personnel this year, the three brothers worked as bodyguards for government personnel, making this the likely work of Sunni extremists. Separately, an Awakening Council leader was lightly wounded in a sticky bomb blast. Another blast left no casualties at a market.
In Baghdad, a blast at a Doura market left four wounded. Four people were wounded when a sticky bomb targeting a Shi’ite Endowment employee exploded in Mashtal. One person was wounded in a blast in Tarmiya. A roadside bomb in Ray left no casualties. Also, casualties from clashes in Adhamiya last night rose by three wounded to a total of six.
Two people were killed and a third one was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Yusufiya.
Gunmen stormed a home in Abu Ghraib, where they killed one person and wounded four others from the same family.
In Mosul, an explosion targeting police wounded three bystanders.
A guard and a gunman were wounded during clashes in Touz.
Fifteen suspects were arrested in Basra.
A blast in Abu Saida only left material damages.