Attacks picked up again today. At least 22 more were killed and 26 more were wounded in scattered violence. The worst attack occurred south of Mosul and involved a body rigged with explosives.
A roadside bomb near Muqdadiya killed four people: a Sunni political candidate, two brothers, and a bodyguard. The candidate’s son and at least two bodyguards were wounded.
In Falluja, a bomb killed two security officers and wounded three others. Gunmen killed two policemen, while also wounding a third policeman and a civilian. The chairman of the town council and a bodyguard were wounded in a blast. Police defused several bombs.
A bomb in Qadisiya killed two brothers.
Two soldiers were killed in Mosul.
A sticky bomb killed a Sahwa leader and wounded his driver in Aitha.
A Sunni political candidate was gunned down in Baiji.
In Qaim, a military captain was shot dead.
Gunmen in Iskandariya killed a man as he was heading home last night.
In Imam Weis, a checkpoint attack left no casualties.
Security forces are voting early in the first poll since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Curfews and tighter security are in place in Diyala and Nineva provinces to help with the voting process.