Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq, Friday 18 January

McClatchy NewspapersJanuary 18, 2008 

The daily Iraq violence report is complied by McClatchy Special Correspondents in Baghdad from police, military and medical reports. This is not a comprehensive list of all violence in Iraq, much of which goes unreported. It's posted without edditing as transmitted to McClatchy's Washington Bureau.

Baghdad

2 civilians killed and 4 injured as IED targets US convoy in Ur neighbourhood, east Baghdad, at around 11:00 this morning. No American casualties were reported.

2 unidentified bodies were found by Iraqi Police in Baghdad today.1 in Saidiyah and 1 in New Baghdad

Basra

Clash between gunmen and Iraqi security forces at a checkpoint in al-Jumhuriyah neighbourhood, downtown Basra, left a number of wounded including 2 soldiers, at 1:30 pm. The gunmen were stopped at the checkpoint because of the ban on vehicles, then they started shooting, witnesses said, and that started a gun battle in which a number of civilians were wounded by random fire. Police have not reported number of casualties yet. An official of the Sdarist office in Basra, Sheikh Ali al-Seaedi, denied any relation of the Sadrists to this incident. . He added that the gunmen were followers of Ahmed Bin Hasen al-Kufi, who alleges to be a descendant of the Immam al-Mahdi.Clashes between gunmen and Iraqi security forces at a checkpoint in al-Jumhuriyah neighbourhood, downtown Basra, left a number of wounded including 2 soldiers, at 1:30 pm. The gunmen were stopped at the checkpoint because of the ban on vehicles, then they started shooting, witnesses said, and that started a gun battle in which a number of civilians were wounded by random fire. Police have not released number of civilian casualties. In a counter attack 3 Iraqi police, 1 a colonel, 1 a major and 1 a policeman were injured , 35 people suspected of collaboration detained, many of them injured. An official of the Sdarist office in Basra, Sheikh Ali al-Seaedi, denied any relation of the Sadrists to this incident. He added that the gunmen were followers of Ahmed Bin Hasen al-Kufi, who alleges to be a descendant of the Imam al-Mahdi, while police spokesman said the group was Jund al-Samaa or Soldiers of Heaven and that they were commemorating the attack upon them last year that took place on the 8th of the month of Muharram.

Dr. Luma Salih, an attendant doctor was killed by sniper fire as she left the hospital on her way home this afternoon. The general hospital is located in Ma’qel, 8 km to the north of Basra city.

Nasriyah

Clashes between the security forces and Jund al-Samaa group in Sumer and Salhiyah neighbourhoods, north Nasriyah resulted in the death of 9 people amongst whom was The commander of the armed brigade, Naji Rustum, a colonel and the injury of more than 40 amongst whom were many civilians. A source from the morgue confirmed that 2 children and 2 women.

Diyala

3 unidentified bodies were found in Shirween village, Muqdadiyah district by Iraqi Army this afternoon. One body was decapitated.

A booby trapped house exploded in Abarat Buhruz, 7 km to the south of Baquba late this afternoon killing 2 policemen and injuring 2.

Clashes in Wajihiyah, Muqdadiyah district between police and gunmen caused the death of 2 policemen and the injury of 3 others.

A booby trapped house exploded in al-Mo’alimeen neighbourhood, central Baquba killing 2 children and injuring 1 woman and 3 men.

Kirkuk

8 members of the Islamic State of Iraq were killed as they passed the village of Sa’diyah, Abbassi district, west Kirkuk. The Chief of suburban police in Kirkuk, Brigadier Sarhad Qadir said that it is probable that the attack was carried out by members of the Sahwa who are behind clensing the area from these Qaeda members.

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