Attack on Iraqi Mayor’s Family Leaves Five Dead

At least nine Iraqis were killed and nine more were wounded in today’s attacks. The worst focused on Diyala province where an entire family was killed. Meanwhile, Iraq is denying allegations that two more bodyguards working for fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi died while in detention. Yesterday, the vice president’s office issued a statement claiming the two men were tortured to death.

Bombs planted around the Mafraq home of the town mayor exploded, killing five family members and wounding one passerby. Five more people were wounded at two other targeted homes. Leaflets warning Shi’ites to leave their homes were distributed beforehand.

Two men were gunned down in Mosul.

Gunmen killed a Kurdish man in Kirkuk.

In Nimrod, a senior police officer was killed.

A bomb in Jubail wounded two people.

One person was wounded in a blast in Muqdadiya.

In Baghdad, bombs planted around the home of a senior defense ministry officer were defused.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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