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Monday, February 12, 2007

Security developments in Iraq, Feb 12

Feb 12 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq as of 1230 GMT on Monday:

* BAGHDAD - Twin car bombings exploded in quick succession in the Shorja wholesale market, killing at least 59 people and wounding 150, police said. Interior Ministry sources said the blasts were caused by a car bomb and a roadside bomb.

*BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb at the Bab al-Sharji market in central Baghdad killed at least five people, police said.

* KUT - Gunmen killed a primary school guard in central Kut, 170 km (105 miles) southeast of Baghdad. The guard was a former member of Saddam Hussein's Baath party, police said.

* FALAHIYA - Police found the body of a policeman bearing signs of torture in Falahiya, south of Baghdad. The policeman had been kidnapped last week, police said.

* BRUSSELS - Two Germans have gone missing in Iraq and may have been kidnapped, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters on arrival at an EU foreign ministers meeting.

* BAGHDAD - The Iraqi High Court ruled that Saddam Hussein's former vice president, Taha Yassin Ramadan, should follow him to the gallows, despite appeals from U.N. officials and international human rights groups to spare his life. Ramadan was sentenced in November to life in jail for the killings, for which Saddam and two other men have already been hanged.

BAGHDAD - A bomb killed two people and wounded five others when it exploded in the mainly Shi'ite district of Qahira in northern Baghdad, police said.

GARMA - The bodies of five Iraqi soldiers were found in the small western town of Garma on Sunday, after they were kidnapped by insurgents on Saturday, police said.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces found 27 bodies across Baghdad throughout Sunday, police sources said.

MOSUL - Police found the bodies of three people, including a student, in the northern city of Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD - Insurgents killed one bodyguard of an Interior Ministry employee and wounded another when they attacked her vehicle in a drive-by shooting in eastern Baghdad's Zayouna neighbourhood, police sources said.

SAMAWA - Gunmen killed one policeman in the southern city of Samawa late on Sunday, a police source said.

SAMAWA - Gunmen killed a former intelligence officer in Saddam Hussein's feared secret police in the Shi'ite city of Samawa on Sunday, police said.

MOSUL - Six policemen were wounded after clashes between insurgents and police in Mosul, police sources said.

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