10 Iraqis Killed, 33 Wounded as PKK Plan Eid al-Fitr Truce

At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 33 more were wounded across Iraq today. Meanwhile, the Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) announced a three-day long ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Depending on the sighting of the moon, the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan observances, should begin about Thursday. The truce comes a day after a leading Iraqi Kurdistan official asked the rebels to lay down their arms in their decades-long guerilla war against Turkey. The P.K.K. has imposed truces on itself in the past, but long-term peace remains elusive. Meanwhile, Turkish officials claimed to have killed 160 rebels during artillery fire and air strikes in northern Iraq last week, a figure the rebels have denied. Independent confirmation from the remote, mountainous area is nearly impossible, and both sides in the conflict have been known to exaggerate their claims.

A suicide bomber in Mosul killed two soldiers and wounded nine others, including civilians. A dumped body was found.

Gunmen attacked a Baquba checkpoint at dawn and killed three security personnel and wounded two more.

In Baghdad, a blast targeting police wounded six people, including civilians, in Zaafaraniya. Gunmen killed three policemen.

Sixteen people were wounded in Falluja during a blast.

An I.E.D. targeting a U.S. patrol in Diwaniya left no casualties.

Thirty-two suspects were captured in Basra province.

Three suspects were detained in Babel province.

Eight suspects were arrested in Diyala province.

Seven suspects were apprehended in Kirkuk province.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

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