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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 27

June 27 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Tuesday as of 1615 GMT.

Asterisk denotes a new or updated item.

*BAGHDAD - A car bomb in a market in Baghdad's southern district of Doura killed three people and wounded 10, police source said.

*BAGHDAD - Hundreds of prisoners were released from Abu Ghraib prison under a "national reconciliation" plan by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that aims at freeing a total of 2,500 inmates this month. All were held without formal charges.

KIRKUK - At least three people were killed and 21 wounded when a car bomb exploded in a petrol station in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Three policemen were killed and three others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in southeastern Baghdad, a Ministry of Interior source said.

KIRKUK - Gunmen killed an off duty soldier while he was driving his car in Kirkuk, police said.

NAJAF - A local general inspector for the Ministry of Interior was wounded with his bodyguard on Monday when gunmen opened fire at his car in the Shi'ite city of Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. The driver was killed.

ANBAR PROVINCE - A U.S. Marine died from wounds sustained in a military operation in Anbar Province, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier died from wounds sustained in a bombing during a dismounted patrol south of Baghdad, the military said.

KHAIRNABAT - The death toll from a bomb strapped to a parked motorcycle in the Shi'ite village of Khairnabat, near Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, climbed to 18, police said. The blast, which occurred at a crowded market on Monday, also wounded 25 people.

NEAR KIRKUK - An Iraqi army officer and two soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb went off beside their patrol near the oil rich city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, army said.


*BAGHDAD - Saddam Hussein and his former top army commanders will go on trial on Aug. 21 on charges of killing tens of thousands of Iraq's Kurds during a military campaign in 1988, Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi said.
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