Updated at 10:59 p.m. EDT, July 4, 2011
At least 26 Iraqis were killed and 67 others were wounded in a series of attacks that occurred across the country. The violence comes after increased security for a Shi’ite religious observance was relaxed. During the holiday, reports were scant and it is unclear if there was an actual downturn in violence or that fewer reporters were able to cover it.
In Baghdad, three hotel employees and eight others where wounded when rockets fired in Zaafaraniya landed on the Rasheed Hotel; two people were arrested. An I.E.D. blast in the Mansour neighborhood killed three policemen and wounded four others, including three civilians. A suicide bomber struck at a bus station, wounding three security guards in Bab al-Muadham. Last night, a sticky bomb killed two people and wounded two others in the same neighborhood. A blast in Abu Dsheer killed one person and wounded three others. Last night, gunmen killed a police trainer while on Palestine Street and a university employee shortly afterwards. Also, a former presidential palace in Adhamiya suffered a mortar attack. A civilian was wounded in New Baghdad when a bomb exploded at a liquor store.
In Mosul, gunmen wounded a police officer outside his home. Two soldiers and a child were wounded when an explosion took place at a checkpoint. A roadside bomb wounded five soldiers. Another bomb wounded one soldier while a third wounded a civilian.
A car bomb outside a Falluja hospital killed two people and wounded eight others, many of them police.
One person was killed and eight more were wounded during a blast outside a Hit post office.
In Babel province, a roadside bomb killed a soldier and wounded two civilians when it was detonated. A policeman was gunned down. Three children were wounded when they came across a bomb in a rubbish heap.
In Saidiya, gunmen assassinated a Kurdish politician.
A soldier was killed and another was wounded in a Rabeaa blast.
Gunmen stopped a car in Hilla, then killed the driver.
A car bomb was defused in Ramadi.