March 15, 2008 / 12:57 PM / 12 years ago

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, March 15

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

BAGHDAD - One U.S. soldier was killed by small arms fire in southwestern Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - Two bodies were found in different areas of Baghdad in the past 24 hours, police said.

KIRKUK - Five policemen were wounded by a roadside bomb in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Nineveh province police spokesman Brigadier-General Khaled Abdul Sattar said.

MOSUL - Three civilians were wounded when a car exploded near Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, Nineveh province police spokesman Brigadier-General Khaled Abdul Sattar said.

ISKANDARIYA - One man was killed when gunmen wearing Iraqi Army uniforms attacked a house in Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. The man’s son and brother were kidnapped.

SAMARRA - U.S. soldiers killed two suspected al Qaeda militants near Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, on Friday, the U.S. military said.

HILLA - Eight Iraqi civilians were wounded when 29 Katyusha rockets damaged three houses and a school near a U.S. embassy regional office in Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, on Friday, the U.S. military said. Iraqi police said one woman was killed.

TAL AFAR - Iraqi security forces killed three suspected militants in Tal Afar, 420 km (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad, police said. Two of those killed were wearing belts packed with explosives.

RABIYA - A suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives killed an interpreter in an attack on a border checkpoint at Rabiya on the Iraq-Syria border in Iraq’s northwest on Friday, the U.S. military said. Two U.S. soldiers, two U.S. Department of the Army personnel and two customs guards were wounded.

KUT - Two men were killed and six others wounded when a hand grenade exploded on a minibus near the city of Kut, 170 km (105 miles) southeast of Baghdad, on Friday, police said. The men killed were playing with the grenade when it went off, police said.

KUT - Two policemen were killed and 10 civilians were wounded during clashes between police and members of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army militia in Kut on Friday, police said.

NUMANIYA - One body was found in a field in Numaniya, 120 km (75 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

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