Iraq: Shi’ites Targeted in Violence That Leaves 47 Killed and 145 Wounded

In what may be a response to yesterday’s massive strikes against Kurdish targets in the north, at least 47 people were killed and 145 more were wounded. Today, Shi’ite pilgrims were the main targets. Several of them were foreigners.

At least 11 people were killed and about 81 were wounded in a double car bombing targeting Shi’ite pilgrims walking through Dujail. They were on their way to the al-Askari shrine in Samarra. The first bomb lured first responders to a second bomb. Cars and market stalls were set aflame.

Seven people were killed and 28 more were wounded during a blast at a bus stop near the Qassim football field in Hilla. The group was headed to Karbala.

A car bomb blasted a bus carrying Pakistani or Afghani pilgrims to Karbala; at least four people were killed and at least 14 more were wounded in the Imam Aoun neighborhood. A bomb at the Imam Hussein shrine in town left two people with injuries. Seconds later at a nearby restaurant another bomb killed two people and wounded seven more.

In Baghdad, a blast targeting a patrol instead struck a civilian car, killing two people and wounding two more.

Gunmen killed policeman in Tuz Khormato. Two gunmen were killed during the ensuing chase.

Three people were killed and one other was wounded in bombings across Diyala province.

A bomb wounded a civilian in Arab Jabour.

Ten gunmen were killed in operations stretching along the borders with Jordan and Syria. Two soldiers were wounded.

Mortars again targeted the Ramadi home of a Sahwa leader. This time one relative was killed and three bodyguards were wounded.

A bomb placed near an oil pipeline in Halabiya killed a police officer.

Three homes belonging to Sahwa members were blown up in Hawija, but no casualties were reported.

A sticky bomb killed a taxi driver in Tikrit.

In Mosul, clashes left one gunman dead. Two civilians were wounded in a blast. Two civilians were wounded in a separate bombing targeting a police official.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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