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May 28, 2007 - MidEastWire.com Daily Iraq Monitor

May 28, 2007

Al Sharqiyah TV:

"Iraqi Police sources said an attempt was made to blow up the shrine of Imam Abd-al-Qadir al-Kilani in central Baghdad, which was described as unprecedented and serious. The sources said that a booby-trapped car went off near the shrine of Imam al-Kilani, causing huge damage to the shrine, the martyrdom of 19 people, and the wounding of 64 others. The sources added that the casualty toll is expected to rise."

"Al-Sharqiyah received credible information, which it revealed in a news report a week ago, about an attempt to blow up the shrine of Abd-al-Qadir al-Kilani. The sources that provided the information said that the attack was planned in a neighbouring country and that a team of explosive experts was assigned to carry out the bombing operation. The same sources added that the operations was planned a day before the killing of Azhar Dulaymi by the US forces during a raid operation in Al-Sadr City, adding that the security authorities did not deal with the information they received in this regard."

"According to a new casualty toll, Iraqi security sources said that at least 20 people were martyred and 30 others were wounded in an explosion of a booby-trapped car near the shrine of Abd-al-Qadir al-Kilani in central Baghdad."

"Reuters cited Iraqi Police sources as saying that gunmen demanded Iraqi calligrapher Khalil al-Zahawi to get out of his car near his house in the Baghdad al-Jadidih area in southeastern Baghdad and killed him."

"Iraqi medical and security sources said that the bodies of 44 treacherously-killed people were found in various areas in Baghdad yesterday, Sunday. Twelve of these bodies were found in the Al-Dawrah neighbourhood in southwestern Baghdad. A security source said that the bodies of 44 people, which bore signs of gunshot wounds, were found in Baghdad yesterday."

"Iraqi Police sources said that gunmen killed two farmers and wounded nine others when they opened fire from a car travelling at a high speed in Al-Nahrwan, 30 km south of Baghdad. Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen killed two people and wounded eight others in the Bab al-Mu'azzam area in central Baghdad."

"The US Army said that its forces arrested 18 people suspected of belonging to armed groups and destroyed amounts of weapons and substances for making bombs during operations against Al-Qa'idah Organization in Iraq."

"In Basra, the British army said that its forces killed three gunmen and arrested four people during a raid operation against people responsible for an attack by roadside bombs, rockets, and guns."

"The US Army said that it arrested a person suspected of having links to Iran and smuggling weapons and anti-armour explosives to Iraq during a raid operation in Al-Sadr City in eastern Baghdad. He added that the suspect is involved in sending terrorists to Iran to receive training on terrorist operations." - MIDEASTWIRE.COM, Middle East



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