Fresh violence in Iraq; 64 militants arrested
Three civilians were killed in the country's raging sectarian and political violence.india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 13:46 IST
Iraqi soldiers arrested 64 suspected insurgents, mostly in northern provinces, as three people were killed in the country's raging sectarian and political violence, officials said on Saturday.
A defence ministry statement said 40 suspected insurgents - a reference to Sunni militants fighting the US-backed government and US troops - were captured in northern Iraq since Friday.
Another 22 were held in Ramadi and two in Baghdad, which are part of the so-called Sunni Triangle where the insurgency has been at its worst. The statement gave no other details.
Meanwhile, a US military statement said a soldier assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force died today "due to non-hostile action" in Anbar province, west of Baghdad. It did not provide details.
At least 2,587 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003 to oust Saddam Hussein, according to the agency count.
The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,050 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
In the latest violence, Hassan Wannas, a former member of Saddam's Baath Party, was killed in a drive-by shooting today, while standing in front of his home in Diwaniyah, 130 kilometres south of Baghdad, police 1st Lt Raed Jabir said.
Meanwhile, gunmen shot dead a bodyguard of a senior official of the Justice Ministry after breaking into his house Friday night in western Baghdad said police Capt Jamil Hussein.