Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq - Thursday 23 April 2009

The daily Iraq 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.


A suicide bomber wearing a suicide vest detonated near a gathering of National Police while they were distributing humanitarian aid in 52 Street, Karrada, central Baghdad Thursday. The explosion killed 28 people and injured 50 others.

A roadside bomb exploded near juvenile hall in Tobchi, central Baghdad injuring two civilians at 6 p.m.


A suicide bomber wearing a suicide vest detonated in a roadside restaurant 45 km to the east of Baquba killing 55 people including two Iraqis, 16 women and one child; the rest were Iranian men and injuring 68 others at 2.30 p.m. Thursday. Most of the people in the restaurant were Iranian pilgrims on their way to visit the holy shrines in Karbala and Najaf.

Two houses belonging to displaced families from Timim tribe were blown up Thursday morning, the first in al Mualimeen neighbourhood, western Baquba and the other in Tahrir neighbourhood in east Baquba. The houses were empty and they belonged to two Shiite families who had intended to return.

Gunmen attacked and killed Sheikh Salih Mustafa Mohammed, sheikh of al Askar tribe in the marketplace in northeastern Baquba at 10 a.m. Thursday.

A roadside bomb targeted Mubarak Hammad al Obaidi, commander of Sahwa in Khalis county. The incident took place in al Atheim district, around 15 km to the north of Baquba Thursday evening. Obaidi and three of his aids were killed and two others were injured.


A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonated inside al Khulafaa Mosque in Dhiluiyah district, 90 km to the south of Tikrit, Wednesday during evening prayers killing four worshipers, injuring 15 others amongst which was Yasir Mahmoud, brother of Mulla Nathum Mahmoud, head of Support Councils in Dhiluiyah.


A roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi Army patrol in al Zahraa neighbourhood, eastern Mosul, Thursday morning injuring two civilians

A parked car bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy in Suk al Nebi neighbourhood, eastern Mosul. No casualties were reported.

A gunman threw a hand grenade at a group of civilians in Ras al Jada neighbourhood, western Mosul injuring four.

A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt attempted to get inside one of the headquarters of the Peshmerga (the Kurdish forces of the Kurdistan Democratic Party) in Barzan village to the northwest of Mosul Wednesday. The Peshmerga suspected him and shot at him, then he detonated without causing any casualties. A few minutes later a car bomb exploded some distance away injuring two Peshmerga members.