Over 100 dead in Iraq

Published November 12th, 2006 - 07:28 GMT

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a police recruiting center in Baghdad early Sunday, killing at least 35 people and injuring 56, police said. The attack took place outside the center in western Baghdad's Nissur Square when the bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body, police Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razaq said.


He said the death toll was expected to rise because many of the injuries were extremely serious.


Earlier, Sunni gunmen ambushed a convoy of minibuses Saturday night at a fake checkpoint on the highway south of Baghdad, killing 10 Shiite passengers and kidnapping some 50. Across the country at least 52 other people were killed in violence or were found dead, five of them decapitated Iraqi soldiers.


According to the AP, police reported the mass kidnapping and killing was near the town of Latifiyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad.


In separate violence early Sunday, a roadside bomb killed six Iraqi civilians and wounded one other in eastern Baghdad, while five bodies - all blindfolded and with their legs bound - had been found in the city, said police Cap. Mohammed Abdul-Ghani.


Also Sunday, Iraqi authorities found 75 bodies in the capital and Baqouba. In the holy city of Najaf, three sons of a prominent Iraqi Shiite leader were killed in a bomb attack outside their home, said Najaf police chief Abdul Kerim Al-Meyahi. 


Four British troops were killed in an attack on a patrol boat in Basra, the Ministry of Defence in London said on Sunday. Three U.S. soldiers died on Saturday from wounds suffered in combat in the western Anbar province of Iraq, the U.S. military said on Sunday.


In the capital, the United States military offered a $50,000 reward for an Iraqi-American soldier abducted nearly three weeks ago. Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie, a 41-year-old translator from Ann Arbor, Michigan, was handcuffed and driven away by gunmen of a rogue Shiite militia while visiting his Iraqi wife and her family on Oct. 23. Some reports in Arabic sources reported the soldier was executed.


A Slovak and Polish soldier were reported killed overnight by a roadside bomb. Slovakian defense ministry spokesman Vladimir Gemela said the two died when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb near Kut, 100 miles south east of Baghdad.


The deaths marked the 18th among Polish troops and fourth among those from Slovakia.


Baghdad police 1st Lt. Thayer Mahmud said his men found 25 corpses dumped in several parts of the capital in the 24 hours from 6 p.m. Friday.


A Samarra police captain said the city morgue had received the beheaded bodies of five troops who were kidnapped last week in the Meshahda area, 20 miles north of the capital.

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