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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 24

June 24 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Saturday as of 1230 GMT.

Asterisk denotes new or updated item.

DHULUYIA - A suicide car bomb exploded in Dhuluyia, 90 km (55 miles) north of Baghdad, killing five members of an Iraqi security patrol, a policeman at the scene said.

KIRKUK - A roadside bomb killed the local intelligence chief, Mousa Hachim, and two of his guards in northern Iraq's ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, the city's police chief Torhan Abdul-Rahman said.

UDHAIM - Gunmen killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded five when they fired at their minibus near the town of Udhaim, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAQUBA - Gunmen killed three people near a car showroom in the violent eastern Iraqi town of Baquba, police said.

SUWAYRA - The headless body of a young woman was found in the River Tigris near the town of Suwayra on Friday, police said.

BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier was killed in a bomb blast while on patrol south of Baghdad on Saturday, the U.S. military said. Earlier, it reported that a U.S. soldier was killed in a roadside bombing in the centre of the capital on Friday.

MAHAWEEL - A Shi'ite tribal sheikh was kidnapped along with his son in the mixed Shi'ite-Sunni town of Mahaweel, 90 km south of Baghdad, police said. Sheikh Jasim al-Hindi, who heads the small Gureyat tribe, was abducted late on Friday.

TIKRIT - U.S. forces freed a top Sunni Arab religious leader and his two sons shortly after arresting them in a raid on their home, an Iraqi security source said. Sheikh Jamal Abdel Karim al-Dabaan is a top mufti for most of Iraq's minority Sunnis.

BAQUBA - One woman and two children were wounded when five shops belonging to Shi'ites were bombed in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Baquba, police said.

*BAGHDAD - A car bomb wounded two civilians when it exploded near a passing U.S. military convoy in the western Baghdad district in Khadhra, police said.
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