Monday, August 22, 2005

Counting The Dead In Iraq

Security incidents in Iraq, Aug 22
22 Aug 2005 18:25:07 GMT
Source: Reuters
BAGHDAD, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Monday, Aug. 22, as of 1800 GMT.

U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.

Asterisk denotes new or updated item.

TARMIYA - Ten Iraqis, eight of them policemen, were shot dead by gunmen north of Baghdad on Monday, police and hospital sources said. The men, who had left their police station wearing civilian clothes, were travelling in a minivan along with three other civilians when gunmen followed them in three cars and sprayed them with gunfire, police captain Karim al-Salmani said.

BAGHDAD - Police found four bodies in a western Baghdad district near a Sunni mosque, an Interior Ministry source said. Two of the bodies were found on the highway and the other two were found in a semi-built house in the area. The identities of the victims were not immediately clear.

SAMARRA - Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded as they were conducting a patrol near Samarra, north of Baghdad, the military said in a statement. No further details were provided. The deaths raise to 1,871 the number of U.S. troops to have died in Iraq since the war began in March, 2003.

NASSIRIYA - Eleven Pakistani construction workers kidnapped in Iraq earlier in the month were released, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said. The Pakistanis, who were working for a Kuwaiti company, were kidnapped on Aug. 13 near the town of Nassiriya, ministry spokesman Muhammad Naeem Khan said.

KIRKUK - Gunmen assassinated a counter-terrorism security official, Captain Ibrahim Saeed, and his wife in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police said.

SAMARRA - One Iraqi policeman was killed when insurgents sprayed his vehicle with gunfire in the northern city of Samarra, police said.

HIT - The U.S military denied it bombed a wedding party in the western town of Hit on Friday. "We did not drop any bombs from aircraft on Friday in Anbar," an emailed response to a query from Reuters said. On Friday hospital officials in the town said one person was killed and 16 were wounded in an air strike on a wedding.

KIRKUK - Three policemen were badly injured when a roadside bomb blew up near their patrol in central Kirkuk, police Captain Ahmed Abdullah said.

(Reporting by Shahla al-Azzawi, Alastair Macdonald in Baghdad, Aref Mohammed in Kirkuk, Amer Salman in Tikrit and Zeeshan Haider in Islamabad.

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