12 killed by Iraq stadium bombs
Wednesday, August 2, 2006; Posted: 2:06 p.m. EDT (18:06 GMT)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Two bombs exploded in a Baghdad soccer stadium Wednesday, killing 12 people and wounding 14, police in the Iraqi capital said.
At least seven children were among the dead, police said. The incident took place at 8:15 p.m. in the Amel neighborhood of southwestern Baghdad, while young people were playing soccer and spectators were watching.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, two U.S. troops died as the result of "enemy action" in Iraq's Anbar province, the military said.
A U.S. soldier assigned to 9th Naval Construction Regiment and a Marine assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division were killed, the military said. The number of U.S. military fatalities now stands at 2,580.
Five people were also killed in a bombing in Baghdad and a shooting in Diyala province, police said.
At least three people were killed and nine others wounded when the bomb exploded in central Baghdad early Wednesday, Baghdad emergency police told CNN.
The new violence came as Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Iraqi forces will take over security in all 18 Iraqi provinces by the end of the year, according to a presidential aide. (Full story)
It also came after one of the worst days of bloodshed recently in Iraq Tuesday with a death toll The Associated Press put at at least 70 (Full story).
Tuesday's dead included 20 Iraqi troops, a U.S. soldier and a British soldier.
In Wednesday's violence according to a police official, explosives hidden in a trash bag detonated around 6:30 a.m. in Tayaran Square, a busy area where day laborers gather. A second trash bag exploded a short time later, but caused no casualties.
Less than two hours later, two traffic police were killed and two other officers wounded in Khalis when gunmen fired on their vehicles, an official with the Diyala Joint Coordination Center said. Khalis is about 55 miles north of Baghdad in Diyala province.
In Ramadi, Iraqi security and coalition forces searched Anbar University for insurgents after receiving intelligence reports that indicated the university is being used as an insurgent safe haven and command center, a U.S. military statement said.
"Iraqi and coalition forces have received sniper fire from the university on multiple occasions," the statement said. The operation coincides with a recess in classes.
Ramadi is located about 60 miles west of Baghdad in Anbar province.
Police in Iraq on Wednesday reported three incidents that occurred on Tuesday:
-- In Tal Afar, three Iraqi soldiers were killed and four were wounded in a car bomb.
-- Four people were killed and seven were wounded when gunmen opened fire on two cars carrying Ministry of Electricity employees in northeastern Baghdad.
-- An Iraqi journalist working for Iranian-run Al-Alam Satellite TV was shot dead by gunmen in western Baghdad.
The Associated Press reports that evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot the civilians, including unarmed women and children, a Pentagon official said today. (Full story)
Iraqi security forces launched a series of raids in Baghdad on Tuesday aimed at so-called "death squads, the U.S. military said on Wednesday. The U.S. military statement detailed the operations, saying Iraqi forces captured several people in "four early-morning raids in Baghdad," but it did not identify the groups they were targeting or the affiliations of those arrested
CNN producer Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.