BAGHDAD, IRAQ — BAGHDAD, Iraq - A car bombing in the Adhamiya neighborhood here in the capital killed at least five Iraqis and wounded 38 yesterday, a hospital director said.
Just outside the northern city of Kirkuk, a shell fired into an arms depot at a U.S. military base touched off an enormous explosion that sent a black cloud of smoke over the skyline. According to an initial report, no one was injured, a military spokesman said.
And fighting continued to rage in the holy city of Kufa between U.S. soldiers and militiamen loyal to a rebel Shiite cleric.
As U.S. officials have warned, violence in Iraq may increase with the approach of the June 30 date for the transfer of sovereignty. The car bombing in the mostly Sunni neighborhood of Adhamiya, where two explosives detonated in close succession, was the third such attack in Baghdad in three days.
Shihab Salim heard the first explosion yesterday morning as he was sitting with his children in his home in the area.
The children started running for the door to check out the blast. Salim wanted to stop them, but it seemed as though all the neighborhood children were already racing down the street.
Then the second bomb went off.
"I wasn't even able to get myself away," said Salim, a construction worker, as he lay in a bed in Numan Hospital with blood covering his white robe. His thigh was gouged by flying glass or shrapnel. One of his children also was injured.
Whether a suicide bomber was responsible did not matter to Salim, or to the woman wailing at the entrance of the hospital because a family member had been killed, or to the bloodied victims lying on stretchers in the cramped hospital hallway.
A crowd pressed against the reception desk, asking about friends and family.
"I think whoever did this was trying to create disruptions in the country after the announcement of the new government," Salim said. "They don't want the situation to settle down. They're terrorists."
In the southern city of Kufa, soldiers with the 1st Armored Division fought against members of the Mahdi Army, the militia backing the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Kufa is where al-Sadr preaches every Friday, and his men there have refused to honor a cease-fire announced a week ago.
The fighting yesterday left at least four Iraqis dead and 35 wounded, a hospital official said. The previous day, five Iraqis were killed and 11 were injured in clashes. There were no reports of Americans killed on either day.
Killed in Iraq
As of yesterday, 810 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations. Since May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 672 U.S. soldiers have died.
Army Pvt. Bradli N. Coleman, 19, Ford City, Pa.; died Sunday in Baghdad of injuries suffered in Mosul when mortar rounds hit his living quarters; assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; Fort Lewis, Wash.
Army Spc. Charles E. Odums II, 22, Sandusky, Ohio; died Sunday in Baghdad when his military convoy hit an explosive; assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division; Fort Hood, Texas.
Army 1st Lt. Kenneth Michael Ballard, 26, Mountain View, Calif.; died Sunday in Najaf during a firefight with insurgents; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division; Friedburg, Germany.
Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin R. Gonzalez, 23, Los Angeles; died Saturday in hostile action in Anbar province; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force; Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Army Spc. Michael J. Wiesemann, 20, North Judson, Ind.; died Saturday at Quyarrah Air Base of noncombat-related injuries; assigned to the Army's 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; Fort Lewis, Wash.
Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Codner, 19, Wood River, Neb.; killed June 2 in Anbar province; assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force; Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Marine Cpl. Matthew C. Henderson, 25, Lincoln, Neb.; killed June 2 in Anbar province; assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force; Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Army Pfc. James P. Lambert, 23, New Orleans; killed June 1 in Fallujah when an explosive hit his patrol; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery, 10th Mountain Division; Fort Drum, N.Y.
Army Pfc. Richard H. Rosas, 21, St. Louis, Mich.; killed June 1 in Fallujah when an explosive hit his patrol; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery, 10th Mountain Division; Fort Drum, N.Y.
Army Pfc. Daniel P. Unger, 19, Exeter, Calif.; killed June 1 in Iskandariyah in a rocket attack; assigned to the National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Armor, 81st Separate Armor Brigade; Visalia, Calif.