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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Security developments in Iraq, Jan 10

Jan 10 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq as of 1400 GMT on Wednesday:

* FALLUJA - Two U.S. soldiers died on Tuesday from wounds sustained in combat in Iraq's restive western province of Anbar, the U.S. military said.

MOSUL - Three mortar rounds landed near a girls high-school, wounding three pupils as well as two women and three children in nearby houses in central Mosul 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK - A roadside bomb exploded near a car carrying the son of a police colonel, wounding him and two others in the northern city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

TAL AFAR - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a busy market in the northern town of Tal Afar, 420 km (360 miles) north of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 11 others, police and the town's mayor said.

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said 21 people were detained in a joint U.S. and Iraqi operation to clear a Sunni insurgent stronghold in the Haifa Street district of Baghdad on Tuesday. The operation involved 1,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops, the U.S. military said. The area was calm on Wednesday.

QAIM - Four bodies with signs of torture and gunshot wounds were found on the outskirts of Qaim in western Iraq, police said.

NEAR TAL AFAR - A suicide car bomber targeting a police patrol killed a child and wounded three policemen and one civilian near Tal Afar, police said.

MAHAWEEL - The bodies of four people were found shot dead and bound in the town of Mahaweel, 75 km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

ISKANDARIYA - A body was found shot dead and bound in Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

TIKRIT - One U.S. soldier died on Tuesday from a gunshot wound after being shot in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

MAHMUDIYA - A car bomb exploded near a petrol station in Mahmudiya, 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding three others, police said.


NAJAF - Iraq's national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie visited Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf. Rubaie said they discussed the latest developments in security and services, as well as government efforts to help people displaced by violence.
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