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Iraq Body Count (IBC) is an analytical project, not a news portal. Our procedure is to collect and reconcile every available, distinct report about each incident. For larger events, stories may run into the dozens and continue to emerge for days or weeks. This, and the inexorable rise in daily violent incidents, means that there is a considerable gap between the initial reporting of events and their first appearance in the IBC database.

However, we obtain an early impression of events within about 48 hours of first reports. This page provides our news gatherer's account of such recent events, but please keep in mind that these are not our final database entries. Rather, they should be considered an early update on civilian casualties.

Recent Events

Friday 27 October: 56 killed

Al-Hurriya east of Kirkuk: 2, the bodies of husband and wife, found with their throats slit in their home

North of Kirkuk: 1 body of a middle-aged man found

North off Kirkuk: 1 body of a young man in a blindfold found with two gunshot wounds to the head

West Baghdad: 1 Ministry of Science and Technology employee killed in his car by gunmen

Bawi, southeast of Baghdad: 1 Sahwa member killed, 2 wounded, by roadside bomb near checkpoint

al-Bakara village, Hawija: 50 bodies found in a mass grave of police and army personnel executed by ISIS


Thursday 26 October: 1 killed

Tel Samir near Rabia: 1 shepherd killed by artillery attributed to Kurdish Peshmerga

Wednesday 25 October: 7 killed

north of Baghdad: 1 Popular Mobilisation Unit member killed in attack on checkpoint

Tikrit: 1 killed by gunman (later apprehended) using silencer

Mosul: 3, a father and his two sons, killed by IED while cleaning their booby-trapped

Al-Rasheediyah north of Mosul: 1, the Mukhtar (district head) attacked and killed in his home

Sulaikh area, north of Baghdad: 1 killed by bomb attached to the bottom of his car

Tuesday 24 October: 13 killed

Youssifiyah, south of Baghdad: 1 killed, 7 injured by bomb near vegetable market

Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad: 1 farmer killed by IED placed in agricultural road

Al-Khawaser area east of Mosul: 4 bodies of youths found, shot in the head and chest

Road to Multaqa area, west of Kirkuk: 5 bodies found, shot

Dibs district road, northwest of Kirkuk: 1 body found, shot

Fallujah: 1 woman's body found in her home with "gunshot wounds in different parts of the body"

Monday 23 October: 3 killed

Northwest of Baghdad: 1 unidentified body found of a man, shot in head and chest

Haruniya region of Muqdadiya district, Diyala: 2, a teacher and a student, in drive-by shooting by unknown gunmen

Sunday 22 October: 5 killed

Suwayb area south of Baghdad: 1 killed near his home by unidentified gunmen

Husseinieh, southeast of Baghdad: 1 body found of a man with gunshot wounds, in an abandoned yard

Ramadan neighbourhood, Karbala: 1 policeman from a K9 unit in drive-by shooting by unknown gunmen

Sheikh Hamad area north of Baghdad: 1 member of a Popular Mobilisation Unit killed, another wounded, in attack on checkpoint with automatic weapons

Ghazaliya, west of Baghdad: 1 man, a "food agent", killed in drive-by shooting by unidentified gunmen

Saturday 21 October: 11 killed

Qayyarah, south of Mosul: 9, a woman working in "US" hospital in Mosul and 8 of her sons killed by gunmen storming their house

Rufi, southwest of Sinjar: 2 Kurdish Yezidis killed killed by IED, two others injured, all from the same family returning to their abandoned home