News, March 2008
33 Iraqis Killed, Including 6 Executed by Death Squads, 5 Mahdi Fighters Killed by US Forces, According to March 25, 2008 News Reports
The Iraq News Agency (INA) reported that an initial count of the dead in Basra reached 22 people, as a result of clashes between Mahdi Army militiamen and Iraqi forces in the city of Basra.
Unknown body found in Mosul
Ninewa - Voices of Iraq
Police patrols found an unidentified body, while an explosive charge went off targeting a military ambulance in two separate incidents in Mosul, the official spokesman for the Ninewa operations command said on Monday.
"Police patrols found an unknown body in al-Muthanna neighborhood in eastern Mosul," Brig. Khaled Abdul Sattar Saadon told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).
"The body bore signs of gunshot wounds to
the head and chest," he added.
"Unidentified gunmen blew up a house of a
policeman's father in Somer neighborhood, southeastern Mosul, using
bombs," a police source said.
Five unknown corpses found in Baghdad
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Five unidentified bodies were found in the Iraqi capital Baghdad by police patrols on Tuesday, police said.
"Police patrols found five unidentified bodies in different parts of Baghdad, most of them were found in the eastern side of al-Rasafa" an Iraqi Interior Ministry source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq (VOI).
"Four bodies were found in al-Rasafa side; two
in al-Suleikh neighborhood and one in each al-Nahda neighborhood and the
Palestine street, while the fifth body was found in al-Sidiya
neighborhood in western Baghdad," the source noted.
18 people killed, 100 wounded in Basra as clashes continue
Basra - Voices of Iraq
Medical sources in Basra city said on Tuesday that the hospitals there received more than 18 corpses, three of them were for police elements, since a wide-range security plan was imposed in the city yesterday. The city's hospitals also received more than 100 cases of wounded civilians.
"Since Monday at midnight until Tuesday afternoon, Basra province's hospitals received more than 15 civilian bodies, while 100 other civilians were admitted for treatment of their wounds," a source from Basra health management told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI) on condition of anonymity.
U.S. army says killed 5 gunmen in Basra
Basra - Voices of Iraq
Five gunmen were killed and a number of others
wounded while planting explosive devices in Basra on Tuesday, the U.S.
army said in a statement.
"After verifying the individuals were burying what appeared to be an IED, Coalition forces directed aerial fire against the enemy force. There were no Coalition force casualties or damage reported."
A few hours after launching a security plan, the city of Basra witnessed since the midnight of Monday fierce battles between security forces and gunmen in most areas and suburbs of the province, brining life to a standstill and forcing residents to stay indoors.
Eyewitnesses from the neighboring areas of al-Jumhuriya
and al-Aaliya, central Basra, told VOI on Tuesday that the violent
clashes in Basra were continuing from 12:00 a.m. until the present time,
adding security forces were using tanks and artillery while the gunmen
were using mortars and RPG-7 rockets.
In Tamimiya, central Basra, known to be the most
important stronghold of gunmen in Basra, eyewitnesses said a large
force, backed by fighter planes and helicopters, besieged the area,
where it managed to wield power after violent confrontations.
"The streets are totally empty of pedestrians.
All government departments and facilities closed down and the people
were confined to their homes," he said.
He said three people from the al-Kaziza fuel station were wounded and a child from the area was severely wounded from a stray bullet. "The child will most probably die due to failure to have him rushed to a hospital," said the witness.
The oil-rich port city of Basra lies 590 km
south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
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