Sunni Iraqis who did not travel to Mecca observed Eid al-Adha at home today, while Shi’ite Iraqis must wait until tomorrow. The holiday either reduced violence or prevented reports from reaching the news wires, as the only reported attacks occurred in Mosul. At least five Iraqis were killed there and two more were wounded in the last day or so. The government did take steps to protect the public during the Eid, including deploying about 28,000 security personnel in Diyala province.
In Mosul, a bomb killed a Christian man and his 6-year-old daughter, just a day after two Christian men were killed in a home invasion. A third Christian man was also killed, but his death went unreported until today. A bomb wounded two more people last night as well. A 50-year old man and two women were killed in a home invasion today. Gunmen blew up the home belonging to a security official, but no casualties were reported.