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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Security developments in Iraq, Dec 28

Dec 28 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq as of 1400 GMT on Thursday:

* MOSUL - A suicide bomber in a minibus attacked the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the northern city of Mosul and there were an unknown number of casualties, eyewitnesses said.

BAGHDAD - One U.S marine was killed in combat in Anbar province on Wednesday, the U.S military said.

TIKRIT - Gunmen attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint, killing two soldiers and wounding one in Tikrit, 175 (110 miles) north of Baghdad, army sources said.

KIRKUK - Four gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms opened fire and killed a policeman and seriously wounded another in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, police said. The gunmen were arrested.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded at a petrol station near the Shaab stadium in central Baghdad, killing 10 people and wounding 25, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two roadside bombs exploded in Bab al-Sharji in central Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding 35, Interior Ministry and police sources said.

BAQUBA - Gunmen killed a police captain and wounded two other policemen in a drive-by shooting in Baquba, 65 km north of Baghdad, police said.

HAWIJA - A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol wounded three policemen in Hawija, 70 km (43 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

YUSIFIYA - Iraqi special forces backed by U.S. advisers have captured an al Qaeda cell leader believed to be behind the kidnap in June of two U.S. soldiers who were found tortured and dead, the U.S. military said. The man was captured in a raid on Tuesday in Yusifiya, 15 km south of Baghdad.

BAGHDAD - A total of 51 bodies were found on Wednesday in different districts of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb exploded near a U.S military patrol, killing two soldiers and wounding another on Wednesday southwest of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb detonated near a U.S. military patrol, killing one soldier and wounding two other soldiers on Wednesday in eastern Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

NEAR MAHMUDIYA - U.S. and Iraqi army troops arrested 30 suspected insurgents on Tuesday southwest of Mahmudiya, about 30 km south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.
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