Updated at 12:47 a.m EDT, April 17, 2007
At least 69 Iraqis
were killed or found dead and 39 more Iraqis were injured in violent attacks
today. Six American soldiers were also reported killed in separate events
in Iraq. It was also a politically interesting day with protests coming from both
followers of Moqtada al-Sadr and the residents of Basra.
Three GIs were
reported killed today: An explosively formed projectile killed
the first soldier in a southern Baghdad neighborhood. Another
soldier died in a roadside bomb attack, again in southern Baghdad. In southwestern
Baghdad, a third
American was killed when a combat patrol was attacked with small arms fire.
American soldiers were killed on Saturday in Fallujah. Also, another
soldier died in a non-hostile accident in Fallujah on Saturday.
loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr were ordered
by the Shi’ite cleric to quit
the alliance government in protest over Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's refusal
to set a U.S. troop withdrawal timetable. Meanwhile, several thousand Basra
residents marched on the governor’s office, calling for his resignation. The
citizens had already been complaining about inadequate services in the area.
unidentified bodies were found scattered throughout the city. A mortar round
fell on a mostly Shi’ite neighborhood in the north, wounding
four people. No
people were wounded during a mortar attack in Adhamiyah. A roadside bomb injured
no one in Zayouna. An interpreter
was wounded during an attack that also killed a U.S. soldier. A mortar fell
on Za'afaraniya where it injured
two people. A sniper killed
a female student in Um Al Ma'alif; later in the same neighborhood, a mortar
one and injured three others. Two
people were shot to death in al-Amil. Gunmen wounded
a civilian in the al-Jahid neighborhood. Also, mortars killed
no one when they landed at Baghdad University.
During a raid in Ramadi,
U.S. troops came under attack. As they returned fire, three
people were killed. The dead were later identified as policemen. It is not
unusual for Iraqi policemen to also belong to anti-U.S. militias, so the killing
may or may not have been friendly fire. In a possible second incident of friendly
fire, U.S. troops killed
a man who witnesses claimed to be airport security; the incident took place
during a raid in Baghdad.
At a village near Mosul, gunmen attacked an army
checkpoint where they killed
13 soldiers and wounded four more.
three and wounded 18 in Mahmudiya.
In Mosul, gunmen killed
the dean of the Political Science College and a faculty
member from the College of Art at Mosul University. A senior
member of the former Ba’ath Party and a policemen's
17-year-old son were also killed. Police found six
dumped bodies, including one belonging to a policeman.
dumped bodies were discovered in Fallujah, and gunmen launched
mortar shells at a U.S. base.
civilians were killed and three policemen injured during a suicide
bomb attack in Ishaqi. Gunmen kidnapped
five people from their cars.
one person and kidnapped nine workers traveling to Himreem.
of a policeman who was abducted last week was found strangled in Najaf.
a Sunni imam and injured
his son in Hawija. Three
unidentified bodies were discovered on a highway.
Near Baiji, gunmen
killed a tribal
leader and wounded his son.
In Kirkuk, a policeman
was wounded while defusing a bomb. A second device damaged
a police vehicle.
The Iraqi army reported killing
seven militants and arresting 83 suspects throughout the country.
two men setting up a fake checkpoint in Kut. A bomb exploded near a house but
no casualties were reported.
Twelve people were arrested
trying to enter Turkey illegally.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis