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Roundup of Violence in Iraq - Feb. 26, 2007

The Iraq violence report is compiled by McClatchy Newspapers in Baghdad from police, military and medical reports. This is not a comprehensive list of all violence in Iraq, much of which goes unreported. Itís posted without editing as transmitted to McClatchyís Washington Bureau.

Baghdad.

The source: the MOI operation room

-- Two policemen were killed and a third one was injured in an IED explosion that targeted their patrol in Rustomiya neighborhood south Baghdad at 8:30 a.m.

-- Two civilians were killed and four were wounded when a mortar shell fell in Al Nidhal St. downtown Baghdad at 10:00

-- At 11:00 am, insurgents attacked today a center of civil defense unit in Al Mansour neighborhood in western Baghdad. the insurgents used machineguns and grenades in their attack. The attack claimed the lives of three policemen in the center wounding another three of them.

-- The Iraqi vice president Adil Abdul Mahdi (the Shiite vice from SCIRI) survived today an assassination attempt targeted him while he was inside the building of the labors and municipalities in Al Mansour neighborhood in western Baghdad. The explosion which was implemented by an IED took place near the door of the meeting room where Abdul Mahdi was meeting with the minister of municipalities Reyadh Ghareeb. The explosion happened at 11:30 am, claiming the lives of 5 civilians, four of them are directors, a general director, three women directors, the director of accounting, the director of auditing and a director a department in addition to an employee. 31 others were injured. A statement by the presidency council issued after the incident confirmed that Adil Abdul Mahdi was injured lightly and he returned to work.

-- 18 anonymous bodies were found today in baghdad. 15 bodies were found in Karkh, the western part of Baghdad, in the following neighborhoods: 3 bodies in Hurriya, 2 bodies each in Baiyaa, Saidiya and Hay Al Amil. One body was found in each of Abo Disheer, Mansour, Kadhimiya, Dora, Al Shorta Al Rabiíaa and Salhiya. Three bodies were found in Rosafa, the eastern part of Baghdad, one body each in of Ubaidi neighborhood, Al Ameen, and near Al Sinak bridge.

Diyala province

-- A military source in the 5th Iraqi army division revealed last night late that 20 insurgents were killed and 9 IEDs were defused during the first day of the military operation in Al Tahreer neighborhood south Baquba city. The operation is implemented by the 5th division supported by the MNF helicopters. The source talked about clashes inside the area because some insurgents used the houses as safe houses. Some guided missiles were launched towards some locations used by the snipers who tried to stop the military forces.

Basra

-- The spokesman of the MNF in the south of Iraq Katy Brown said that 15 insurgents clashed with a British patrol north of Alk Hussein neighborhood (9 KMs west of Basra). According to the spokesman, 3 of them were injured. The spokesman added that a British vehicle was damaged when it crashed into a fuel tank south Basra. The spokesman also said that two British bases were attacked, Saíie base and Shat Al Arab hotel base were attacked last night without recording any casualties.

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