Wednesday: 1 US Soldier, 4 Iraqis Killed; 23 Iraqis, 7 Iranians Wounded

Updated at 8:19 p.m. Dec. 8, 2010

At least four Iraqis were killed and 23 more were wounded in the latest violence. Seven Iranian pilgrims were also wounded in an attack while on their way to Karbala for Ashuraa observances. That holiday, which unintentionally marks the schism between Shi’ite and Sunni Islam, culminates next week and could mean an increase in violence, particularly for Iranian pilgrims. Also, A U.S. soldier died of wounds received during a sniper attack.

Three civilians were killed and 16 others were wounded when a car bomb targeting an Iraqi patrol exploded just north of the capital in Taji.

In nearby Tarmiya, gunmen attacked the home of an Interior Ministry officer, where they killed his daughter and wounded three family members.

In Baghdad, seven Iranian pilgrims were wounded when a roadside bomb blasted their bus as it was traveling through Doura on its way to Karbala. Two policemen were wounded in last night’s blast in Bayaa. A sticky bomb left on a car in Sab’a al-Bour wounded two civilians. Rockets struck the Green Zone but no casualties were reported.

A motorbike ban is in place throughout Wassit province after a U.S. soldier was killed in a sniper attack on a rooftop in Numaniya.

Four suspects were arrested in Mosul.

Thirty-five suspects were arrested in Anbar province.

Seven suspects were captured in Basra province.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.