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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Developments in Iraq on May 31

May 31 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Wednesday as of 0930 GMT.

The new Shi'ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki has vowed to rein in insurgent and sectarian violence that has killed thousands of people since U.S.-forces invaded Iraq in 2003.

Asterisk denotes a new or updated item.

*MUQDADIYA - The mayor of Muqdadiya was killed along with his brother and his cousin when a bomb planted in his office exploded in the town 40 km (25 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

*MOSUL - A car bomb exploded, wounding 20 people including five policemen, in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, police said.

*NEAR BAGHDAD - Iraqi police found the bodies of four poeple with bullet wounds in their bodies in an area 65 km south of Baghdad, police said.

*KIRKUK - Iraqi police found a corpse bearing signs of torture with gunshot wounds in his head in Kirkuk, police said.

*BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed Ali Jaafar, sports anchorman for Iraqi state television, as he left his home, police sources said.

SAMAWA - A civilian was wounded when a roadside bomb went off near a military patrol in the southern city of Samawa, 270 km south of Baghdad, police and witnesses said.

KIRKUK - Iraqi police arrested an insurgent in Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Forty-two bodies have been found dumped in various parts of Baghdad over the last 24 hours, many of them shot, bound and showing signs of torture, police sources said.

KHALIDIYA - An Iraqi soldier was killed and four others were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol in Khalidiya, 85 km west of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two policemen were seriously wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol in Baghdad, police said.

TIKRIT - Gunmen killed two police officers in two different incidents in Tikrit, 175 km north of Baghdad, on Tuesday, police said on Wednesday.

KIRKUK - Gunmen killed a civilian and wounded two others on Tuesday night outside a mobile shop in the city of Kirkuk, police said.


BAGHDAD - The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven co-accused for crimes against humanity is due to resume in Baghdad on Wednesday.

BASRA - Iraq's prime minister vowed on Wednesday to crack down with an "iron fist" on gangs threatening security in the oil-rich city of Basra, which is in the grip of a power struggle between Shi'ite factions. Nuri al-Maliki, in an address to local officials broadcast live on state television, also said he would order his security services to come up with an urgent plan to restore security in Iraq's second city.
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