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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Security developments in Iraq, Jan 21

Jan 21 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq as of 1730 GMT on Sunday:

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*BAGHDAD - Four U.S. soldiers and one Marine were killed on Saturday in separate incidents in the volatile western province of Anbar, the U.S. military said in a statement.

*BAGHDAD - One U.S. soldier was killed and three wounded on Saturday when a roadside bomb hit their patrol northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement.

*BAGHDAD - Two Iraqi soldiers and two children aged one and five were killed on Friday in a roadside bomb blast on a bridge near Yusufiya south of the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said in a statement.

DIBIS - Gunmen shot the deputy head of a municipality in Dibis, northeast of Kirkuk, when they opened fire on his car, police said.

KIRKUK - Gunmen killed an army captain and kidnapped his brother in the area of Abbasi, 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

RAMADI - Iraqi police said three insurgents were killed in clashes with Iraqi police and U.S. forces in Ramadi, west of Baghdad.

DIBIS - Gunmen attacked guards protecting oil facilities, seized their weapons and vehicles and set an oil well on fire in the town of Dibis, police said.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi army troops killed nine insurgents and arrested 85 during the last 24 hours in different parts of Iraq, the Defence Ministry said.

MADAEN - Militias kidnapped and killed an employee of the Sunni Endowment, a body responsible for Sunni mosques in Iraq, and six of his friends in the town of Madaen in the south eastern outskirts of Baghdad, Ahmed Abdul Ghafour al-Samarai, the head of the Sunni Endowment, said.

FALLUJA - Gunmen attacked a police patrol and killed two policemen in a drive-by shooting in the Sunni stronghold of Falluja, 50 km (35 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

BASRA - A roadside bomb killed a British soldier and wounded four north of Basra in southern Iraq, the British military said. One of the wounded was in serious condition.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb near Beirut Square in eastern Baghdad killed one civilian and wounded five, police said.

BAGHDAD - A bomb killed at least six people and wounded 15 when it destroyed a minibus in Karrada, in central Baghdad, police said. It was not clear how many people were on board the bus, which was gutted and burned fiercely.
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