At least nine Iraqis were killed and eight more were wounded in the latest violence. Amidst rising concern for U.S. troops in heavily Shi’ite southern Iraq, one attack targeted Americans in Kut, but harmed Iraqis instead.
A roadside bomb in Kirkuk wounded two employees who worked for an oil company. Separately, a body bearing gunshot wounds to the head was discovered. Two suspects were arrested in an unrelated operation.
In Baghdad, gunmen killed an Interior Ministry official in Amil. One person was killed and three others were wounded in a blast in Waziriya.
An I.E.D. targeting a U.S. patrol in Kut wounded a woman and her daughter instead.
A woman was liberated and her abductor arrested in Suwayra.
An official in Diyala province said that the provincial council had suffered over 10 attempted attacks in the last several weeks.