Wednesday: 22 Iraqis Killed, 141 Wounded

Only a day after a deadly attack against police recruits in Tikrit, another suicide bomber struck at a police training center in Baquba. Shi’ite pilgrims were also targeted for the second day in a row. Overall, at least 22 Iraqis were killed and 141 more were wounded ahead of Arbaeen observances, which culminate next week.

About 15 people were killed and as many as 120 others were wounded when a suicide bomber drove an ambulance into a police training center in Baquba. One witness said that a gunman shot dead three security guards at the entrance to the center and then opened the gate, giving access to the explosives-filled ambulance. The blast was so large that people at a nearby hospital and a nursery school were also injured. Disruptive bombings like this one lend themselves to conflicting casualty figures depending on what official sources are accessible to reporters.

A separate suicide bomber in nearby Ghalbiyah killed two Shi’ite pilgrims and wounded 16 others on a highway leading to Karbala via Baghdad. Among the injured was a deputy governor.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a civilian at his Yarmouk home, while two people were wounded in a bomb attack in al-Islah al-Zerai.

Two suspects were killed when they refused to stop their car for police in Tal Atta.

A sticky bomb in Garma wounded a Sahwa leader and two companions.

Karbala forces detained 45 suspects planning to attack pilgrims during Arbaeen.

Four suspects and a fugitive were captured in Basra province.

A vehicle ban is in effect in Fallujah over the Asian Cup match between Iraq and North Korea.

A missile cache was found in Wassit province.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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