Sadr Quits Politics As Attacks Leave 58 Dead, 42 Wounded

At least 58 people were killed in fresh violence, and 42 more were wounded. Clashes continued in Ramadi and Falluja. The third city under militant control, Suleiman Bek, also saw clashes. Also, Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said he would retire from politics just two months before national elections.

A suicide bomber in Ramadi killed three policemen and wounded four more. Four militiamen were killed in a security operation. At least eight more were killed on other operations.

In Falluja, one person was killed and six more were wounded in bombings.

In Suleiman Bek, a militant emir and three colleagues were killed. Police called for further help.

Gunmen killed five policemen at a checkpoint in Kirkuk.

Three soldiers were killed and four more were wounded in an attack in Riyadh. A policeman was kidnapped.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed four people and wounded 15 more. Gunmen killed a civilian. Security forces killed four gunmen. A sticky bomb killed one person and wounded another. 42 38

In Mosul, gunmen killed two policemen. Two policemen were wounded in a separate attack. Two guards were two guards were killed at a local government building. A suicide bomber wounded four soldiers. The body of a manager in the Commerce Ministry was found.

Three civilians were wounded in a mortar attack in Hilla. One death was also reported.

Gunmen killed two farmers in Salah ad Din province.

In Shirqat, a colonel and his son were killed during a home invasion. Two bodyguards were wounded during an assassination attempt on a former lawmaker.

Two Sahwa members were shot dead in Muqdadiya. A village mokhtar was also killed.

In Hilla, gunmen killed a man and his son.

Gunmen killed a man and wounded his companion in Albu Shaheen.

A beheading victim was found in Taji.

A civilian was shot dead in Abu Ghraib.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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