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Roundup of violence in Iraq -- March 17, 2007

The daily 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

-- 8:00 am: 2 killed in Baia. The Security Officer (Lieutenant Colonel) of The Directorate of Education of Al-Karkh Al-Thania, and his deputy (First Lieutenant), were both shot by gunmen as they were on their way to work and killed.

-- 01:45 pm: A suicide bomber driving a dark car targeted the checkpoint in Kindi Street, Al-Harthiya, west Baghdad. The checkpoint is manned by Iraqi National Police and the explosion killed 2 civilians and 1 policeman, wounding 2 civilians and 3 policemen.

-- 3:00 p.m. Two civilians were injured when a road side bomb exploded in Al Sileikh area.

-- 4:45 p.m. A mortar shell landed on a house in Al Madaen, south east of Baghdad. The shelling claimed the life of 2 residents and injured 15.

-- 4:45 p.m. a road side bomb targeting civilians in Al Khadraa neighborhood, west Baghdad. One civilian was killed.

At sunset gunmen raided a Sunni mosque in Dora and bombed the mosque.

-- Police found 19 unidentified bodies throughout Baghdad in the following neighborhood: 6 bodies in Amil, 4 bodies in Yarmouk, 3 bodies in Shoala, 2 bodies in Ghazaliya, 2 bodies in Jihad and 2 bodies in Ur.

Tikrit -- 09:00 am: Police Force Lieutenant Colonel killed on his way to work in the Directorate of Inter-urban Motorways, 7 km to the east of Tikrit by gunmen driving a recent vintage Toyota.

Hilla -- 08:30 am: IED explodes targeting a patrol of the Scorpion Force, killing one and wounding four in Nadir district in Hilla.

Diyala

-- Insugents Killed 5 civilians. In the town of Khalis, (20 km to the north of Baqouba) a group of insurgents attacked a fish farm in the district of Beni Saad. The owner of the farm, his father, their two partners (brothers) and a farm hand were killed and thrown to the fish in the fish pond.

-- In the area of Imam Mohammed Al-Sakran, not far from Beni Saad, another group assassinated 3 civilians. It is noteworthy to mention that this is the second operation carried out by insurgents, after they assassinated the workers and guards of a petrol station on Wednesday last, who were five.

Samarra

-- IED explodes in a market place, Meryem, in the centre of the city and kills 2 civilians, early this morning.

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