One of Iraq’s vice presidents resigned today, saying he hoped it would encourage others to reduce the size of government; however, some analysts think it signals dissension within the fragile government. At least 11 Iraqis were killed and 25 more were wounded in the latest attacks.
Gunmen killed two policemen in Mosul. Gunmen also killed the Christian deputy director of the state cement company; his bodyguard was wounded, but a bystander was also killed. A roadside bomb blasted a convoy carrying the governor, but no casualties were reported.
In Baghdad, a blast on a minibus traveling in Shabb killed one and wounded four more passengers. Two civilians were wounded in Karrada when a bomb blasted a private contractor’s convoy. An attack against a police patrol left five wounded on Palestine Street. A bomb in west Baghdad wounded four people. A lieutenant was injured last night in New Baghdad. A professor was wounded in a blast in Khadraa. In Saba al-Boor, a sticky bomb killed a policeman.
Two soldiers were killed and six more were wounded during a blast in Abu Ghraib.
Two women were abducted in al-Hamza al-Sharqi. One was found dead.
Two civilians were shot to death in Saqlawiya.
In Taji, a policeman was shot yesterday.
A bomb targeting a U.S. patrol exploded in Kut.