Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stopped all property transfers between the Shi’ite and Sunni Endowment offices and ordered that all religious and cultural sites remain within their current administrations. A deadly bombing at a Shi’ite Endowment office in Baghdad on Monday may have been triggered by such transfers. At the very least, the Shi’ite Endowment had received death threats after earlier claiming a right to manage the al-Askari mosque in Samarra. A bomb was also found at a Sunni Endowment office on Monday but it was defused before it could do damaged.
At least four Iraqis were killed and six more were wounded in light violence.
Gunmen killed two soldiers at a checkpoint south of Mosul.
A roadside bomb in Khalidiya killed one policeman and wounded another.
Gunmen fired upon a checkpoint, killing a policeman.