Friday, September 22, 2006


In Iraq:

BAGHDAD - Residents of the religiously mixed Hurriya district in northwest Baghdad clashed in mid-morning with gunmen who set two houses on fire, an Interior Ministry source said. Firefighters were fired on when they came to tackle the blazes.

BAGHDAD - Police found 10 bodies, including those of two women, in different parts of Baghdad since early on Friday. Most bore signs of torture and had been shot, police said. The two women were found in the western Shi'ite district of Shula. None of the bodies was immediately identified.

MOSUL - Police found two bodies, one beheaded, in a western part of the city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, morgue and hospital sources said.

KIRKUK - Police found a woman's body dumped on the side of the road in the small town of Taza, 20 km (12 miles) south of the northern oil city of Kirkuk, police said.

DIWANIYA - Three gunmen in a car opened fire and killed Nomass Atout, a former Ba'ath party member, near his house in Diwaniya, a Shi'ite city 180 km (112 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - One U.S. soldier was killed late on Thursday after the vehicle he was traveling in was struck by a roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement.