FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Dec 29

Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:41am EST

Dec 29 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1130 GMT on Saturday.

* denotes new or updated item.

* TAL AFAR - Police killed five insurgents and detained five others in a clash in the town of Tal Afar, about 420 km (360 miles) northwest of Baghdad, the town's police chief Ibrahim al-Jubouri told Reuters.

* MOSUL - Nineveh police spokesman, Brigadier-General Saeed Ahmed, was wounded when gunmen opened fire at them as he was conducting a television interview outdoors in the city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. One of his bodyguards was killed and a second was wounded in the attack.

BAGHDAD - The bodies of three people were found in different areas of Baghdad on Friday, police said.

BAGHDAD - A mortar round killed one person and wounded another in eastern Baghdad's Mashtal neighbourhood on Friday, police said.

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said its forces detained six suspected 'special groups criminal element members', a term it often uses to refer to rogue Mehdi Army militiamen with ties to Iran, in southern Iraq.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces killed three insurgents and detained 34 other suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

SULAIMAN PEK - Gunmen killed one person and wounded two others when they shot at a civilian car on Friday in the town of Sulaiman Pek, 160 km (100 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

HILLA - Police said they found the decomposed body of a man dumped in an orchard in the city of Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad.

MOSUL - A car bomb wounded seven people on Friday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police said.

NEAR KIRKUK - A roadside bomb wounded two people when it exploded in a village near the city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK - A child was killed and two wounded, including one soldier, by a roadside bomb near an Iraqi army checkpoint in Kirkuk on Friday, police said.

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