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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Developments in Iraq on May 30

May 30 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Monday as of 1200 GMT.

Asterisk denotes a new or updated item.


BAGHDAD - A car bomb killed at least 25 people and wounded 65 in the northern Baghdad district of Husaniya, police said.

HILLA - A suicide bomber in a car killed at least 12 people and wounded 36 near a car dealership, police said.

BAGHDAD - A bomb killed nine people and wounded 10 others in a bakery in eastern Baghdad, police sources said.

BAGHDAD - The bodies of two marines who went missing after their helicopter crashed on Saturday in western Iraq have been recovered, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

MOSUL - A U.S. soldier was killed by small arms fire on Monday in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

BAGHDAD - Two women employees of the Ministry of Interior were killed and four policemen were wounded by a rocket which landed near the ministry, police said.

BAGHDAD - The bodies of three people were found in different districts of the capital, police said.

BAGHDAD - A police commando was killed and three were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol in southern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi army arrested 31 suspects on Monday from the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar, north of Baghdad. They arrested three insurgents in Baghdad, the army said on Tuesday.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi army said it arrested an insurgent who opened fire at guards at the Ministry of Transport, the army said.

SUWAYRA - The police killed three people with suspected links to al-Qaeda in Iraq on Monday near Suwayra, south of Baghdad, police said on Tuesday.

AZIZIYA - Two people from the Mehdi Army militia run by fiery Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr were wounded on Monday night during clashes with members from the Iraqi Accordance Front, a Sunni Arab Umbrella Group, in Aziziya, a small town between Baghdad and Kut, 170 km (105 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed the preacher of a Sunni Mosque in the Shula district of the capital, police said.

SAMARRA - Gunmen killed two brothers on Monday night while they were walking in the street in the city of Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, the Joint Coordination Centre run by the U.S. and Iraqi military, said.

TIKRIT - The U.S. forces arrested a former major general in Saddam Hussein's army along with his three sons in Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, the Joint Coordination Centre said.

BALAD - Gunmen kidnapped an employee of the Oil Protection Facility in Balad, 90 km (55 miles) north of Baghdad, the Joint Coordination Centre said.

TIKRIT - Gunmen wounded an Egyptian national while he was driving in his car in Tikrit, the Joint Coordination Centre said.


*ABU DHABI - The United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday that its kidnapped diplomat in Iraq, Naji al-Noaimi, was freed on Tuesday. He was kidnapped earlier this month.

BAGHDAD - Iraq's new prime minister Nuri al-Maliki threatens to use force against oil gangs in Basra, to overrule coalition allies in naming security ministers and to probe killings of civilians by U.S. troops.

BAGHDAD - A witness for Saddam Hussein appeared to dispute prosecution allegations that 148 people were executed after a failed assassination bid in 1982, telling the court on Tuesday that some of them were still alive.
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