Iraq: 42 Executed, 39 Killed in Attacks

Iraq executed 42 people today, while another 39 were killed in random attacks. At least 22 more were wounded.

The justice ministry announced the executions of 42 people who were found guilty on terrorism charges. Amnesty International warned that forced confessions increase the likelihood that some of the prisoners were innocent. All the condemned were Iraqis, and one of them was female. Their death sentences were carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday. At least 135 people have been executed this year.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed three people and wounded eight more. Gunmen shot dead the owner of a car parts store. Gunmen also killed the operator of a neighborhood generator in Ghazaliya. At least three more were wounded in bomb attacks. A dumped body bearing torture marks was found.

In Mosul, gunmen attacked a television station, where they killed three soldiers. Three federal policemen were killed at a checkpoint in Quds. Gunmen killed two soldiers at a checkpoint in Karama.

Gunmen killed three federal policemen at a fake checkpoint near Tikrit. Two militants were killed at a checkpoint. An abducted girl was liberated.

One policeman was killed and four more were wounded in Baiji during a raid on a home.

A roadside bomb in Muqdadiya killed two policemen and wounded a third one.

Gunmen killed two Sahwa members at their checkpoint near Samarra.

Two Sahwa were killed at a Baquba checkpoint.

A police captain was killed and a policeman was wounded in a small arms attack in Falluja.

Gunmen killed a civilian in Rashad.

A young woman’s body was discovered in Kirkuk; her head was discovered separately from her mutilated body. One person was shot dead.

Gunmen in Ramadi killed a civilian whose brother is a journalist.

In Zawbaa, a bomb wounded two civilians.

A bomb in Amiriyat al-Falluja wounded two soldiers.

An explosives expert was wounded as he tried to defuse a bomb in Balad.

Security forces killed eight insurgents during a heavy operation near Shirqat.

The town of Garma is demanding the government withdraw military forces.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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