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Roundup of violence in Iraq - 22 December

This daily Iraq violence roundup is compiled 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

Police said that they found 12 dead bodies all over Baghdad. The corpses carried multiple gunshots. 4 bodies found on Rusafa side, eastern side. 8 bodies found on Karkh side, western side.

Around 9 a.m. Baghdad local time an IED exploded targeting police patrol in Al Saadon street, central Baghdad. The blast injured 8 citizens including 2 policemen.

Around 3 p.m. Militia members kidnapped a Sunni mosque Imam Emad Al Shamari from Al Bunouk neighborhood.

DIYALA PROVINCE

Early morning a fake checkpoint set by gunmen in police uniforms at the main road to Kanan village, south of Baqouba, kidnapped 4 citizens after a vehicle search and checking IDs.

Around 3 p.m. local time gunmen attacked a civilian car using machine guns. The attack claimed the life of one woman, Hiba Abdullah, and caused serious injuries to her two year old son Mohammed Ahmed in Al Sarai neighborhood of Baqouba. Around the same time gunmen assassinated Safaa Nusseif, in Al Mualimeen neighborhood, west of Baqouba.

One unknown body was found with multiple gunshots in the head in Al Khalis city, north of Baqouba.

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