Iraq: Two Britons, two CBS men among scores of dead
A wave of car and roadside bombs killed more than 30 people in Iraq on Monday. The blasts started just after dawn with a roadside bomb that killed 10 Iraqis who worked for an organization of Iranian dissidents living in Iraq. The blast targeted a public bus near Khalis, 50 miles north of Baghdad in Diyala province. Twelve people were injured, police said, according to the AP.
A car bomb placed near Baghdad's main Sunni Abu Hanifa mosque killed at least nine Iraqis and wounded 25, police said. The bomb went off at noon in north Baghdad's Azamiyah neighborhood.
Another bomb planted in a parked minivan killed at least seven and wounded 20 at the entrance to an open-air market selling clothes in the northern Baghdad suburb of Kazimiyah, police said.
A parked car exploded near Ibin al-Haitham college in Azamiyah, also in northern Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding at least five, including four Iraqi soldiers, police Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammedawi said.
In Baghdad's Tahariyat Square, a car bomb targeting an American convoy killed one civilian and wounded nine, police Lt. Col. Abbas Mohammed Salman said.
A second bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol near the square killed one person and wounded 10, including four police.
Elsewhere, a roadside bomb killed two police officers and wounded three others in downtown Baghdad's Karradah district, while one man was killed and six were injured when a bomb hidden in a minivan exploded.
In other violence, gunmen killed two police officers when they attacked a convoy in western Baghdad. Two other police officers, identified as former Baathists, were killed in Amarah, 180 miles southeast of Baghdad.
A roadside bomb killed two British soldiers in the southern Iraqi city of Basra and injured two others, Britain's Ministry of Defense said Monday.
Meanwhile, a cameraman and soundman for CBS died and a CBS correspondent was seriously injured Monday after their convoy was struck by a roadside bomb, the network said. Veteran cameraman Paul Douglas, 48, and soundman James Brolan, 42, died, CBS reported on its Web site. Correspondent Kimberly Dozier, 39, was seriously wounded.
The three were reporting on patrol with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, when their convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device, CBS said.
Shootings and bombings also killed nine people and injured 35 across the country Sunday, and the bodies of at least 10 more people were uncovered in Baghdad, the AP reported.
The most significant killing involved Sheikh Osama al-Jadaan, who was ambushed by gunmen as he was being driven in Baghdad's Mansour district. Al-Jadaan's driver and one of his bodyguards also were killed, police Lt. Maitham Abdul Razzaq said.
Al-Jadaan was a leader of the Karabila tribe, which has thousands of members in Anbar province. He had announced an agreement with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government to help security forces track down al-Qaeda members and foreign fighters.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi army captured a senior aide of al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Baghdad on Sunday evening, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Monday, according to Reuters. "The Iraqi army forces arrested three terrorists who belong to al Qaeda, one of them is a senior aide of Zarqawi in Baghdad, Kassim al-Ani," Defense Ministry spokesman Kassim al-Mosawi told Reuters.