At least eight Iraqis were killed and 18 more were wounded on a fairly quiet day politically and combatively. While Baghdad and Mosul suffered from the usual violence, Garma once again endured more than one attack. Although this city, just west of the capital, had been mostly quiet in recent years, insurgents are apparently stepping up their terror campaign there. Also, a court acquitted two Iraqis accused of murdering six British soldiers during a riot in 2003.
In Baghdad, three people were wounded in a Suleikh-area blast. A sticky bomb wounded a police colonel in al-Dawlai’e. Another sticky bomb wounded a traffic cop in Zayouna. Gunmen in Amiriya killed a policeman. Two people were wounded in a blast in Hurriya. An army officer and his son were wounded in a sticky bomb blast in Mansour. The confessions of two men who allegedly were involved in deadly attacks were broadcast on state television.
In Garma, a police officer was killed and two policemen were wounded in a blast at a checkpoint. A sticky bomb left on a policeman’s car wounded his brother and a female companion.
Three people were killed and two others were injured in southern Iraq near Leheis when a bomb blasted their minibus.