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April 3, 2007 - MidEastWire.com Daily Iraq Monitor

April 3, 2007

Al Sharqiyah TV:

Iraqi security sources said that a joint US-Iraqi force arrested 16 people in Hibhib sub-district, north east of Baghdad, for their involvement in killing 19 civilians they kidnapped at a mock checkpoint. The security sources said that a joint US-Iraqi force arrested 16 suspects in the villages of Sikranat, Abu Basal and Al-Hashimiyah in southern Hibhib, adding that they were arrested during a campaign in search of the gunmen who kidnapped 19 passengers and that a number of light weapons were also seized. Iraqi Police detachments found the bodies of the 19 kidnapped people near the village of Al-Muradiyah in Khan Bani Sa'd sub-district, south of Ba'qubah in central Diyala Governorate in northeastern Baghdad.

An explosive charge went off in the Al-Saydiyah area in southwestern Baghdad. Security sources said that the explosive charge went off near a civilian car, killing two people and seriously wounding two university students.

An explosive charge went off in the centre of Al-Kubaysi Commercial Compound in Al-Za'faraniyah in southern Baghdad, killing a person and wounding 30 others.

A joint US-Iraqi force raided the headquarters of the National Dialogue Council headed by Khalaf al-Ulayyan, representative of the Iraqi Al-Tawafuq Front in the Iraqi Council of Representatives, this morning. Speaking to Al-Sharqiyah over phone, Nazim Salih, director of the NDC headquarters, said that the force seized computers and documents and arrested all guards.

Al Iraqiyah TV:

Al-Anbar Salvation Police killed terrorist Umar Muhammad Abd al-Ithawi, also known as Abu-Khattab, amir of Al-Qa'idah Organization in Al-Jazeera area.

Shaykh Mu'ayyad al-Humayshi said that Al-Anbar Salvation Police liberated Al-Hud and Al-Himyarah areas in Al-Ramadi from terrorist groups.

Joint US-Iraqi troops arrested Uthman Abd-al-Karim, district officer of Al-Dawr in eastern Salah al-Din Governorate, northern Baghdad, a week after besieging the city, the birthplace of Izzat al-Duri, deputy of the late Iraqi president. Speaking to reporters, the commander of the Third US Brigade - deployed in Tikrit, the capital of Salah al-Din Governorate - said that the joint troops arrested 50 suspects, including Al-Dawr district officer. Though the commander declined to justify the arrest, Iraqi army sources said that more than 150 people, including the district officer, were arrested. The US commander added that the joint troops received intelligence information to the effect that some Arabs believed to be affiliated with Al-Qa'idah were in the area.

The commander of the Escort Police Department, affiliated with the Salah al-Din Police Command, northern Baghdad, has escaped an assassination attempt. One escort was killed and another wounded in the attack. The report cites a security source as saying that Colonel Jasim Farhan sustained serious wounds.

An explosive charge targeting a Kirkuk police patrol went off, leading to the injury of two policemen and one civilian.

An Iraqi police source said that five gunmen were killed while driving a booby-trapped car on their way to target civilians in Al-Khalis sub-district." The source added that the "car went off due to an error with the infusion system.

Ten workers from Al-Khalis and adjacent towns have gone missing since they left the Electric Industries Department Monday. The report cites a security source as saying that "according to initial reports, the workers were abducted by an armed militia.

Police detachments have found 14 bodies in different areas in Baghdad over the past 24 hours.

Mosul police found three bodies bearing bullet holes.

Unidentified gunmen attacked an Iraqi police patrol in Tikrit, in central Salah al-Din Governorate. A security source said that a patrolman was martyred and two others wounded.

A person driving a motorbike near a mosque in western Baghdad was martyred after US troops opened fire at him. No explanation of the incident could be obtained.

Unidentified armed men murdered Chieftain Ahmad al-Rawi, a member of Al-Fallujah Scholars Council. - MIDEASTWIRE.COM, Middle East



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