FACTBOX - Security developments in Iraq

Wed May 16, 2007 7:36pm BST

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(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 7 p.m. on Wednesday:

* denotes new or updated item.

* BAGHDAD - The bodies of 30 people, all of them shot, were found in various parts of Baghdad in the past 24 hours, police said.

MOSUL - As many as 200 insurgents attacked an Iraqi police station and a prison and set off a series of bombs in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two Iraqis were killed and 10 other people were wounded when 10 mortar rounds landed inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, a U.S. embassy spokesman said. Eight of the wounded were Iraqis. The nationalities of the remaining two were not clear but they were not U.S. or Iraqi citizens. None of those killed or wounded were embassy workers or contractors.

MOSUL - Two suicide truck bombers destroyed a Tigris river bridge north of the city of Mosul, police said, in the latest attack against the country's infrastructure.

ABU SAYDA - A truck bomb laden with chlorine gas exploded in a market area in the mostly Shi'ite town of Abu Sayda, north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 45 people and wounding 60, police said on Wednesday.

NASIRIYA - Clashes between militias loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi government forces killed eight people and wounded 40 in the southern city of Nasiriya, 375 km southeast of Baghdad, hospital and police sources said.

AL-SHATRA - At least four people were killed and 20 others were wounded after clashes between militias loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and police in the town of al-Shatra, near Nasiriya, a source in the hospital said.

DIWANIYA - Clashes between militias loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi forces wounded eight civilians, a policeman and an Iraqi soldier, hospital and Iraqi military sources said. A curfew was imposed until further notice.

FALLUJA - Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and three wounded when gunmen attacked an Iraqi army patrol in Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad, police said.

BAQUBA - Gunmen attacked police Brigadier-General Najib al-Hiyali, the head of the Iraqi-U.S. Joint Coordination Centre of Diyala Province, killing two of his guards and wounding another, police said. Hiyali was not harmed in the attack.

KIRKUK - The head of the Riyadh city council was killed along with another member in the council when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in the town of Riyadh, 60 km southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, police said.

LATIFIYA - Gunmen opened fire at a car, killing one person and wounding four others in the town of Latifiya, 40 km south of Baghdad, police said.

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