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Friday, July 21, 2006

Developments in Iraq on July 21

July 21 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Friday as of 1200 GMT.

Asterisk denotes a new or updated item.

* BAQUBA - U.S. troops killed two suspected insurgents as well as two women and a child and wounded 23 people, including women and children, and detained four suspects in a raid to hunt members of al Qaeda northwest of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. Police and medical sources said that six civilians were killed, including two women and a child, when the U.S. forces bombed three houses in the area.

* NEAR NUMANIYA - Two Salvadoran and four Polish soldiers and an Iraqi translator were wounded when their convoy was attacked near Numaniya, 120 km (70 miles) south of Baghdad, the Polish defence ministry said. It was not clear how the convoy was attacked.

* MAHMUDIYA - Three policemen and three Iraqi soldiers were killed when clashes with gunmen erupted in the town of Mahmudiya, about 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

* BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb targeting a Sunni mosque in the eastern New Baghdad district of the capital exploded, killing one civilian and wounding two others, police said.

* MOSUL - A policeman was gunned down in the centre of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a hospital source said.

NEAR FALLUJA - The bodies of three Iraqi soldiers in uniform with gunshot wounds, bearing signs of torture, were found in a deserted area about 20 km north of Falluja, which is 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK - The body of an unidentified headless man was found in the southern part of Kirkuk, 250 km (150 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

KHALIS - A roadside bomb targeting a Sunni mosque exploded in the town of Khalis, 80 km (60 miles) northeast of Baghdad, killing one worshiper and wounding two, police said.

BASRA - Two "significant" suspects wanted for killings, kidnappings and guerrilla attacks were seized by British forces in separate overnight raids in Basra, 550 km (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, a military spokesman said.

BAGHDAD - A weekly Friday daytime traffic ban in the capital was extended by four hours, running from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. instead of to 3 p.m. as in previous weeks. A nightly curfew runs from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
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