Factbox - Security developments in Iraq, 23 May 2007

May 23 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1330 GMT on Wednesday:

* denotes new or updated item.

* BAGHDAD - Three people were killed and 14 others wounded when a mortar round landed in Karrada district in central Baghdad, police said. Another mortar round near the National Theatre in Karrada wounded one person.

* BAGHDAD - Two soldiers were wounded in clashes between the Iraqi military and gunmen in Doura district in southern Baghdad, police said.

* BAGHDAD - Gunmen assassinated Colonel Talal Kareem near his home in Mansour district in central Baghdad, police said.

MANDALI - A bomber wearing a suicide vest killed 20 people and wounded 30 in a cafe in Mandali, about 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said seven U.S. soldiers were killed in four separate bomb and shooting attacks on Monday and Tuesday, most of them in or around Baghdad.

ANBAR - Two U.S. marines were killed on Tuesday while conducting combat operations in Anbar Province in western Iraq, the U.S. military said.

JBELA - At least three people were killed and 15 wounded by a car bomb in a parking lot in the town of Jbela, near Iskandariya, 40 km south of Baghdad, police spokesman Captain Muthana al-Maamouri said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen wearing police commandos uniforms killed four people and wounded 11 when they opened fire at shops in the commercial area of Sinak in central Baghdad, police said.

TIKRIT - A hospital in Tikrit received the decomposed bodies of three men who were found with bullet wounds the town of Baiji, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, a security source said.

RAMADI - The bodies of five people were found shot and tortured in different districts of the city of Ramadi, 110 km (70 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed a member in Kurdistan Democratic Party of Kurdish leader Masoud Barazani in a town near Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed a policeman and seriously wounded his wife in the city of Mosul, police said.

MOSUL - A roadside bomb killed two members of Kurdish Peshmerga forces and a civilian when it exploded near their vehicle in Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces killed two insurgents, detained 19 others and uncovered a cache of Iranian money and bomb-making materials during a raid in the Sadr City district of northeastern Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - The bodies of 33 people were found shot in different districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said. Twenty-seven of them were found in the predominantly Sunni Arab western Karkh side of Baghdad.

KUT - The bodies of five people were retrieved from two rivers near the city of Kut, 170 km (100 miles) southeast of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.

KHAN BANI SAAD - Three children were killed and three wounded in a mortar attack in the town of Khan Bani Saad, near Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

RIYADH - A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol wounded four policemen on Tuesday in the town of Riyadh, 60 km (37 miles) southwest of Baghdad, police said.

KHAN BANI SAAD - An Iraqi officer was killed and three soldiers wounded in clashes with gunmen in the town of Khan Bani Saad on Tuesday, police said.

BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomber targeting a police patrol killed a policeman and wounded three others in Doura district of southern Baghdad, police said.

SAMAWA - The bodies of five Shi'ite Muslim men were brought to Samawa on Tuesday. Dozens of Shi'ites then began throwing stones at a Sunni mosque in protest at the killing of the five men, the assistant to the mosque's imam said.


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