Iraq: 48 Killed, 89 Wounded As PM Is in US Begging for Help

At least 48 people were killed and 89 more were wounded as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was in Washington to ask the U.S. government for help in fighting a surge in violence that many say he spawned with an attack on protesters in April. Since then, the bloodshed has been relentless.

Two car bombs in Tuz Khormato killed seven people, three of them from the same family, and wounded 42 more in the al-Askari district. Later, a suicide bomber, targeting first responders and others who had arrived on scene, killed four more people in the ethnically mixed city.

In Mosul, a bomb killed five policemen and wounded 11 others, including civilians, in a downtown neighborhood. Gunmen killed a soldier and wounded two others. Two men were shot dead. Six people were killed and three more were wounded in a bombing in Yarmouk.

Five people were killed and 15 more were wounded in another double bombing, this one near car dealerships in Khalis.

A car bomb in Muqdadiya left four dead and at least six wounded. A farmer was shot dead.

Five people were killed and five more were wounded in a blast in Baquba.

In Baghdad, the bodies of three women who were killed execution-style were discovered in the Ur neighborhood. One person was killed and four more were wounded in a bombing in Nahrawan.

Two Sahwa were shot dead and a third one was wounded in Baiji.

Gunmen killed a civilian in Falluja.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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