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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Developments in Iraq on July 23

July 23 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Sunday as of 1400 GMT.

Asterisk denotes a new or updated item.

* MOSUL - Gunmen shot dead a taxi driver in the city of Mosul 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police sources said.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded near a police station by an open-air market in the impoverished Sadr city district of the capital killing 33 civilians and wounding 60, police and Interior Ministry sources said.

KIRKUK - At least 20 people were killed and 70 wounded when a car bomb exploded near a court house in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

SUWAYRA - Iraqi police retrieved the bodies of seven people, including a 13-year-old boy, from the Tigris river in Suwayra, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. The bodies were handcuffed and blindfolded with shotgun wounds in the head and chest, police added.

MOSUL - Mahmoud Homadi, a judge, was wounded when gunmen attacked him in Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed Hamid al-Nouman, a tribal leader, in a drive by shooting in the southern Dora district of the capital, police said.

MUSSAYAB - A civilian from one family was killed and three others wounded when a mortar round landed at their house in Mussayab, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed a man in Mosul, police said.

HISAYBA - Gunmen killed Abdulillah al-Rawi, a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party, the main Sunni bloc, in the town of Hisayba, 350 km west of Baghdad, the Civil Defence directory said.

NEAR RAMADI - Gunmen attacked three trucks carrying fuel on the main road west of Ramadi, 110 km (70 miles) west of Baghdad, killing the drivers, police said.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi and U.S. forces conducted two raid and search operations in eastern and northwestern Baghdad detaining 10 people believed to be involved in "death squads" and freed two hostages, the U.S. military said in a statement.

NEAR KIRKUK - Iraqi and U.S. forces arrested 150 suspects during a 10-day raid and search operation in the towns of Riyadh, Hawija and Rashad, southwest of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Sunday. They seized 350 weapons of varying kinds.

MOSUL - Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, the army said.


* BAGHDAD - Saddam Hussein was taken to hospital and given food after 16 days on hunger strike and will not attend court on Monday, the chief prosecutor in the former Iraqi leader's trial for crimes against humanity said.
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