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Friday, August 25, 2006

Security developments in Iraq, Aug 25

Aug 25 (Reuters) - Following are security and other developments in Iraq reported on Friday, as of 1300 GMT.

Asterisk denotes a new or updated item.

* RAMADI - U.S. tanks shelled a mosque in the Sunni stronghold of Ramadi after coming under attack from gunmen inside the building, the U.S. military said. A doctor at Ramadi hospital said three people were killed and 22 wounded by U.S. fire.

* BALAD RUZ - Three teenage boys were killed and three wounded when a makeshift bomb exploded on a field where they were playing football, police said. The attack took place in the town of Balad Ruz, northeast of Baghdad.

NASIRIYA - Two people were killed and two wounded when gunmen clashed with guards at a Sunni mosque in Nasiriya, 375 km (235 miles) southeast of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

BAQUBA - Nine people died in separate attacks in various parts of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

RASHAD - A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol exploded in the small town of Rashad, 30 km (18 miles) south of the northern town of Kirkuk, killing one soldier and wounding two others, a military source said.

HAWIJA - Six people, including three policemen, were wounded in a hand-grenade attack on a market in Hawija, 70 km (43 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police Brigadier General Sarhat Qadir said.

QAIM - The body of an Iraqi soldier with multiple gunshot wounds and bearing signs of torture was found in an area near the Syrian border just east of Qaim, 500 km (300 miles) west of Baghdad, said police officer Falah Hassan.
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