Updated at 11:15 a.m. EST, Jan. 29, 2007
In Iraq, at least 452 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another
182 were injured in various attacks during the festival of Ashura. Three
more American servicemembers were killed in separate incidents, and
helicopter was shot down, killing
two more soldiers as well.
The U.S. military reported that a Marine
died from wounds he received during combat in Anbar province. Roadside bombs
killed a soldier
and an MP in separate incidents north of Baghdad as well. Also, a
U.S. helicopter was shot down near Najaf; no details about casualties were
In Najaf, several
clashes are taking place. Police are reporting that about 300
gunmen, three Iraqi soldiers and two policemen were killed and 30
Iraqi security troops have been injured. The cult leader said to be behind
this attack was killed in the fighting. Also, a U.S. helicopter supporting Iraqi
forces was shot down as well. Many pilgrims heading to Karbala for the holy
festival of Ashura are in the area.
The holy festival of Ashura
culminates on Tuesday. It marks several historical events, in particular the
martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson at Karbala. The last few years
have seen increased violence associated with the holiday, which Shi'ite Muslims
consider a solemn day of mourning. It also marks one of the divisions that separate
Shi'ite Muslims from their Sunni brethren.
In Baghdad, 54
unidentified bodies were found dumped in several locations. Five
girls were killed and 21 others wounded when mortars fell on the Khalid
secondary school in the Adil area; Adil has been the target of dozens of mortars
rounds since Friday morning. In Sadr City, a car bomb near a market killed four
people and injured 39 others; women were among the casualties. A bomb in
a minibus killed
one and wounded seven in an eastern neighborhood. At a Bayaa outdoor market,
a bomb in a bag killed
five and wounded 20, including children. A car bomb in the Qahira area killed
two and wounded four others. At least eight
other people were killed by a car bombs today.
Also in the capital, an advisor to the Minister of Industry, Adel
Abdel-Mohsen, two daughters and three companions were gunned down in the
Yarmouk district. Earlier, an
adviser for the Agriculture Ministry was also killed in the same area; four
others in the vehicle also died. On a road south of the capital, two
Iraqi soldiers were killed and four injured when gunmen attacked their patrol.
At a busy market in Kirkuk, a car bomb killed
eight and wounded 15 in a mixed Shi’ite-Kurd neighborhood. A suicide
car bomber killed eight more and injured 19 near a warehouse in a mostly
Kurd area. Two
more people were killed by a roadside bomb. A bullet-riddled
body was found outside of town.
Two civilians were killed
and four wounded in Fallujah when a bomb was exploded near a mosque. A roadside
In Suwayra, three
Iraqi soldiers were killed, four soldiers wounded and a militant injured
were killed in Ramadi, according to local tribal leaders. Two
Iraqi children were killed when a mortar hit their school.
In Iskandariya, two
soldiers were killed and two injured when a taxi they were in was sprayed
police officers received head injuries during a robbery in Duluiya that
netted the thieves over 400 million dinars (US $300,000).
gunmen were killed and four police officers were wounded during clashes
in Mosul. A
college student was killed and another person kidnapped.
Mortars fell on Hilla where they killed
ten people, mostly women and children.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis