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Monday, September 18, 2006

Security developments in Iraq, Sept 18

Sept 18 (Reuters) - Following are security and other developments in Iraq reported on Monday, as of 1100 GMT:

BAGHDAD - Fourteen bodies, tortured and with bullet holes in the head, were found in different districts of Baghdad on Monday, a Ministry of Interior source said.

NEAR KUT - Three border guards were killed and six wounded by a roadside bomb when they were searching a village near the Iraqi-Iranian border east of Kut, 170 km (105 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said.

KERBALA - Gunmen killed four men in different incidents in the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala, 110 km (68 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

BAQUBA - Gunmen killed four members of a Shi'ite family and wounded five as they were leaving their homes after receiving death threats in the religiously mixed city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

HIBHIB - Gunmen killed two members of a Shi'ite family and wounded two others as they were leaving their home after receiving death threats in the small town of Hibhib, near Baquba, police said.

MOSUL - Police found the bullet-riddled corpses of four women in different districts of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. One of the bodies showed signs of torture, police added.

MOSUL - Three civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near an Iraqi army patrol in Mosul, police said.

MOSUL - A man and a child were wounded when several mortar rounds landed in and around a police station in Mosul, police said.

MOSUL - Four policemen were killed when insurgents ambushed them in Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi army killed two insurgents and arrested 36 suspected insurgents during the last 24 hours in different parts of Iraq, the Defence Ministry said.

ANBAR PROVINCE - The Iraqi army with Anbar province tribal leaders killed 27 insurgents during the last week, the Defence Ministry spokesman said on Monday.


BASRA - Chanting slogans and burning a white effigy of Pope Benedict, some 150 demonstrators in the Iraqi Shi'ite city of Basra demanded a papal apology on Monday for comments that have offended many Muslims worldwide.
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