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FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 2:00 p.m. EST on Monday.

* Denotes new or updated item.

* BAGHDAD - Gunmen in five cars kidnapped between eight and 10 neighborhood patrol volunteers in Baghdad’s northern Shaab district. Police said the volunteers had been manning a vehicle checkpoint.

* BAGHDAD - Seven bodies were found around Baghdad, police said.

* MOSUL - Two bodies were found in eastern Mosul, one of them handcuffed and blindfolded, police said.

* LATIFIYA - Gunmen killed a neighborhood patrol volunteer at a checkpoint in Latifiya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two suicide bombers struck an anti-Qaeda force in a Sunni Arab district of Baghdad, killing at least 14 people including the leader of the area’s neighborhood patrols, police said.

BAGHDAD - A bomb hidden in a street vendor’s cart killed four people and wounded 16 others in the Karrada district of central Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A bomb stuck on the side of a parked car killed one civilian and wounded four, including two policemen, when it detonated near a police checkpoint on the outskirts of Baghdad’s Shi’ite slum of Sadr City, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two separate roadside bombs wounded four people in Baghdad’s Karrada district, police said.

NEAR HAWIJA - Gunmen killed a married couple and their son whilst they were in their car near Hawija, 70 km (45 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

SAMARRA - Gunmen killed a member of a neighborhood patrol working as a carpenter inside his shop in Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

NEAR BAQUBA - Five bodies with gunshot wounds to the head were found in a town southeast of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. The bodies of the men were blindfolded and had their hands tied.

KIRKUK - A roadside bomb wounded one Iraqi soldier and one civilian on Sunday, in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two roadside bombs killed a civilian and wounded two policemen in southern Baghdad’s Jadiriya district, police said.

MOSUL - Police said a third church had been struck by a bomb in Mosul on Sunday. In all, three churches and a monastery were hit in Sunday’s strikes on Christian religious buildings. One of the explosions wounded four people but no one was killed.

MOSUL - One person was killed and three others were wounded, including two children, when gunmen attacked a police station in Mosul on Sunday, police said.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb killed one U.S. soldier and wounded three others when it struck their vehicle in southern Baghdad on Sunday, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - Six bodies were found in various districts across Baghdad on Sunday, police said.

MOSUL - A body was found in Mosul on Sunday, police said. The source said the victim was reported kidnapped days earlier.

BAGHDAD - Two U.S. helicopters opened fire, killing three militants just south of Baghdad on Saturday, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces said they had arrested a weapons trafficker for al Qaeda in an airborne assault on January 1, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad. The man was described as the top person on the most wanted list of the U.S. brigade in the area.

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