A series of bombings and shootings killed at least 23 people in Iraq on Thursday, including a 7-year-old girl and two college professors, police said.
Iraqi police also found 35 bullet-riddled bodies that had been bound and blindfolded and left in different parts of the capital.
Brig Gen Abdul-Karim Khalaf, the director of the Interior Ministry's national command center, vowed to strike back at the spiraling sectarian violence in Baghdad, saying that Iraqi security forces will soon launch a campaign searching house-by-house in all areas of the capital to confiscate caches of hidden weapons.
"No house or area will be excluded from this search. All kinds of weapons will be confiscated," he said at a news conference, adding that 40 policemen were killed and 90 wounded in the capital during the last seven days.
The US military confirmed on Thursday that another soldier died in fighting the day before, raising to 11 the number of American troops killed in a single day the bipartisan US Iraq Study Group in Washington increase pressure on US President George W Bush to change his war strategy.