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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

Saturday 7 May: 3 killed

Amarah: 1 killed by gunmen.

Najaf: 1 killed in clashes.

Makhoul: 1 shepherd killed by IED.

Thursday 5 May: 4 killed

Shatrah: 1 killed by gunmen.

Baghdad: 1 woman killed by gunmen in Sadr City;
1 body found in Dora; victim was a Ministry of Finance employee.

Amadiyah: 1 Danish tourist killed by a landmine.

Wednesday 4 May: 8 killed

Maysan: 8 killed in clashes.

Monday 2 May: 2 killed

Mosul: 1 man killed in explosion.

Maysan: 1 tribal sheikh killed by gunman.

Sunday 1 May: 2 killed

Alyo Terraz: 1 killed in IS attack.

Kirkuk: 1 body found beheaded. The victim had been abducted by IS.

Saturday 30 April: 1 killed

Al-Hassiya: 1 activist killed.

APRIL TOTAL: 31 CIVILIANS AND 150 COMBATANTS KILLED.

Friday 29 April: 3 killed

Amarah: 1 killed by gunmen.

Najaf: 1 killed in clashes.

Nasiriyah: 1 Communist Party leader killed in clashes.