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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 28

June 28 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Wednesday as of 0700 GMT.

Asterisk denotes a new or updated item.

BAGHDAD - A bomb at a market in the Shi'ite Kadhimiya district of Baghdad killed one person and wounded eight, sources at the Ministry of Interior said.

FALLUJA - Gunmen killed two policemen on Tuesday in the rebellious city of Falluja, 50 km (35 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi army killed three insurgents and arrested 12 others on Tuesday in the cities of Baghdad, Kirkuk, Mosul and Ramadi, it said on Wednesday.

BAQUBA - A bomb seriously wounded two policemen who had rushed to a Shi'ite mosque after another bomb had exploded without causing casualties in the same mosque in the city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of the capital, police said.

BAGHDAD - National Security Adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie said the Iraqi army had wounded and arrested a Tunisian wanted for the February bombing of a Shi'ite shrine that sparked a wave of sectarian killings. He said an al Qaeda cell led by an Iraqi and including four Saudis was behind the Golden Mosque blast.

*BAGHDAD - Rubaie said an al Qaeda militant from Tunisia had confessed to taking part in the killing of al Arabiya correspondent Atwar Bahjat. Bahjat disappeared with her cameraman Khaled Al Falahi and soundman Adnan Khairallah as she reported the February bombing of a Shi'ite shrine in Samarra.

*BAGHDAD - The U.S. military, in the spotlight over murder charges against its troops accused of killing Iraqis, said it had killed a "non-combatant" during a raid in which an al Qaeda militant was detained near Baquba, north of Baghdad.

ANBAR PROVINCE - A U.S. soldier died from wounds sustained due to enemy action while operating in Anbar Province on Monday, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

MAHAWEEL - A policeman was killed and three wounded on Tuesday night when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol in Mahaweel, 75 km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

BAQUBA - A car bomb exploded near a crowd of labourers gathered to look for work killing three labourers and wounding 12, including children and old men, police and hospital sources said.


BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister said that armed groups had contacted him on peace efforts but he stressed that those with blood on their hands would be excluded from any amnesty under his reconciliation drive.
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