Sunday: 20 Iraqis Killed, 42 Wounded

Updated at 7:45 p.m. EST March 6, 2011

At least 20 Iraqis were killed and 42 more were wounded in the latest attacks. The worst attack, which took place in Basra province, may have been targeting U.S. soldiers. Harassment of demonstrators also continued in Iraqi Kurdistan. Also, tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of national elections, but much work remains to be done in the new government.

Black-clad men set fire to a camp set up by demonstrators in Suleimaniya, while another group of men broke into a radio station and destroyed equipment in Kalar. Witnesses are convinced the men worked for Kurdish authorities. As of yesterday there were still about 10,000 protestors gathered at Saray Gate. The protests are in their third week but have faded somewhat from the headlines.

As many as seven people were killed and 18 others were wounded in a bombing at a Maaqal train or bus station, just north of Basra city. Authorities believe the bomb was targeting a U.S. patrol. A second bomb targeting a U.S. patrol elsewhere in Basra province left no casualties.

In Baghdad, seven people were wounded when a mortar shell exploded in Zaafaraniya. Another shell fell near the Amil Bridge, wounding two more. On Yarmouk Street, a sticky bomb planted on a car belonging to a Sunni Endowment staff member, killed him and wounded two companions. Gunmen killed two students in Amiriya. A bomb in Beirut Square wounded two people, including a policeman.

In Mosul, a grenade was tossed at a police patrol in Midan Square, where it wounded six people, three of them civilians. A separate grenade attack wounded five more. An off-duty policeman was shot to death near his home. A civilian was killed in front of his home. Twenty gunmen, led by two Syrians, were captured after a tip.

A roadside bomb killed four near Hilla.

Gunmen killed a man in Iskandariya yesterday.

In Gweer, police found two bodies.

The body of a high school student was discovered in Sinjar three days after he had disappeared.

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