Fake Iraq Checkpoints Signal Return to Old Tactic; 66 Killed in Fresh Attacks

At least 66 people were killed and 84 more were wounded in the latest attacks. Today’s violence was marked by a deadly return to using fake checkpoints to kill both civilians and security members. The tactic was used heavily during the height of sectarian violence.

A bomb left in a cart killed 15 people and wounded 41 others. when it exploded in Tuz Khormato.

Fourteen truck drivers were killed in an ambush on a highway near Suleiman Pek; one civilian was wounded.

Gunmen attacked a police station in Mosul, where they killed nine policemen and wounded two more. A bomb wounded an ambulance driver and a nurse who rushed to the scene of the attack. Gunmen killed a soldier at his home. Gunmen assassinated a Mukhtar. A roadside bomb killed two civilians and wounded three others.

On a highway near Tikrit, gunmen stopped a minivan and then killed four soldiers. Another four were wounded, along with the driver.

An officer and a soldier were killed in a Kirkuk suicide bombing that also left six soldiers wounded.

In Baghdad, three dumped bodies were recovered. A bomb in the Qahira neighborhood left four dead and 10 wounded. An oil ministry employee and his driver wounded in a bombing in Ur. 66 84

In Tarmiya, a bomb wounded three policemen.

A soldier was killed and another was wounded in a blast in Qaim. Four gunmen were shot to death in a clash.

Two soldiers were wounded in a bombing near Falluja.

Near Mandali, the body of a school guard was found bearing gunshot wounds.

A bomb in Baquba wounded two people, including a civilian.

A bomb wounded a soldier in Saidiya.

Four gunmen were killed and two soldiers were wounded during a clash in Chabbab.

A sticky bomb wounded a lawyer near Hilla.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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