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Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq, Friday 14 March 2008

The daily Iraqi 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.

Baghdad

A roadside bomb exploded on al-Qanat Street targeting a garbage truck damaging the truck and injuring its driver this afternoon.

2 bodies were found in Baghdad today by Iraqi Police. 1 in Palestine street and 1 in Mansour.

Wasit

Police today said the casualty figures for clashes in Kut on Monday and Tuesday stood at 11 dead and 38 wounded, including both gunmen and civilians. The clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces who were backed by U.S. forces and members of a Shiite militia in the neighborhoods of Haideriyah and al-Shuhadaa, according to police reports and a U.S. military statement. Witnesses said there was no further fighting for the past two days.

11 Katyusha rockets launched by gunmen hit several neighbourhoods in Kut, amongst which are Haideriyah and al-Shuhadaa, killing 2 civilians, injuring 4 and burning 2 civilian cars. The rockets were most probably aimed at the security forces’ bases near by, but incompetence and lack of experience on part of the gunmen caused the rockets to hit residential neighbourhoods instead, said Iraqi Police.

Nineveh

2 suicide car bombs targeted an Iraqi Army checkpoint in the industrial area in Augab valley, west Mosul, killing 3 soldiers and injuring 10 -- five soldiers and 5 civilians -- and resulted in material damages to civilian cars.

Iraqi security forces who were suspicious of an unidentified man opened fire; the man turned out to be wearing an explosive vest in Khoriyah village, Rabi’a district, police said. The incident was followed by clashes between gunmen and security forces that were still going on as of Friday afternoon.

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