The daily Iraq violence report is compiled by McClatchy Newspapers 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 editing as transmitted to McClatchy's Washington Bureau
Checkpoint security opened fire upon four gunmen in a sedan who refused to stop for searching near al Taqwa Mosque in the town of Tel Afar west of Mosul, Friday. At last the car stopped and three of the four men ran away, while the fourth ran into the mosque just as Friday prayers ended, and shot and killed the imam and a judge who was sitting with him. He then tried to fight his way out of the mosque past the guards, but when he ran out of ammunition, he detonated his explosive vest, killing 12 more people and injuring at least 75, said Iraqi police.
An armed group blew up a pontoon bridge in Ameriyah, 30 km to the south of Fallujah, the only route to Hitawiyeen area which is now completely isolated.