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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Developments in Iraq on July 11

July 11 (Reuters) - The following are security developments in Iraq on Tuesday as of 1100 GMT.

Asterisk denotes a new or updated item.

*BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed eight employees of an Iraqi contracting company and wounded three after bursting into their offices in Baghdad's western Mansur district.

*BAQUBA - Gunmen killed 19 people in different incidents in the religiously mixed city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen opened fire at a minibus, killing 10 people and wounding one in the southern Sunni district of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone government compound on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 10, police said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen kidnapped Wissam Abdulla al-Awadi, an Iraqi consul in Iran, from his house in Baghdad's southwestern Ammil district, police and Interior Ministry sources said.

AL-SHIRQAT - Nine Iraqi soldiers were killed and four wounded on Monday when gunmen attacked them in al-Shirqat, 300 km (180 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. A civilian was wounded in the attack.

KIRKUK - Gunmen killed an engineer working for the North Oil Company, along with his driver, while he was heading to work in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, police said.


*BAGHDAD - Saddam Hussein and his defence counsel boycotted his trial for crimes against humanity for a second day, forcing a two-week adjournment to give court-appointed lawyers time to prepare final arguments.

*BAGHDAD - Iraq's largest Sunni Arab bloc said it would end on Wednesday a week-long boycott of parliament after it won promises that a woman colleague kidnapped by an armed group would be freed soon.
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