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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Developments in Iraq on July 1

July 1 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Saturday as of 1130 GMT.

An asterisk denotes new or updated entry.

*BAGHDAD - A car bomb tore through a crowded market in a poor Shi'ite district of Baghdad, killing 62 people and wounding 114 in the bloodiest attack in Iraq for three months, police and Interior Ministry sources said.

*MOSUL - A suicide car bomber killed two policemen and wounded six people, including three women, when he attacked a police patrol in the northern city of Mosul, police said.

*MOSUL - Clashes between police and insurgents killed one civilian and wounded a policeman in Mosul, hospital sources said.

BAGHDAD - Police said they had found six bodies dumped inside a house under construction in the violent southern Baghdad district of Dora.

KIRKUK - Police found the bodies of four Iraqi soldiers near Kirkuk, 250 km (150 miles) north of Baghdad. They had been kidnapped on Friday during an attack on a military checkpoint in which five soldiers were killed.

KIRKUK - Gunmen killed a traffic policeman in Kirkuk. Police said gunmen had distributed leaflets in Kirkuk warning police to resign.

FALLUJA - Gunmen shot dead a policeman in Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen kidnapped a female lawmaker and seven of her bodyguards in Baghdad, police and colleagues said. Taiseer Najah al-Mashhadani is a member of the Iraqi Accordance Front, the largest Sunni bloc in parliament.


BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is due to begin a three-state tour of Sunni Gulf monarchies, including Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, seeking backing and investment from Sunni Arab neighbours. It is his first foreign trip since taking office.

WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday put a $5 million bounty on the head of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's reputed successor, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, whose whereabouts remain a mystery.
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