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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

Sunday 2 May: 1 killed

Baghdad: 1 body found in Husseiniya.

Friday 30 April: 5 killed

Daquq: 3 policemen killed in attack at checkpoint.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Shaab;
1 body found in al-Kasra.


APRIL TOTAL 66 CIVILIANS KILLED, INCLUDING 7 CHILDREN. ONE THIRD OF VICTIMS WERE KILLED IN BAGHDAD.

Thursday 29 April: 2 killed

Basra: 1 killed by gunmen.

Anbar: 1 driver of border guard killed by IED.

Tuesday 27 April: 5 killed

Hammam al-Alil: 2 children killed by IED.

Basra: 2 children killed by IED.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Sadr City.

Monday 26 April: 1 killed

Khanaqin: 1 mukhtar of al-Qaya killed by gunmen.

Sunday 25 April: 2 killed

Baghdad: 1 woman's body found decapitated in Sadr City.

Khalis: 1 child (4-year-old boy) killed by gunmen.

Saturday 24 April: 3 killed

Baghdad: 1 protester killed by police in Al-Wahda;
1 woman's body found.

Hibhib: 1 killed in attack at security post.