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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

Thursday 21 May: 1 killed

Hilla: 1 18-year-old student's body found.

Wednesday 20 May: 2 killed

Mansouriya: 1 electrician killed by IED.

Baghdad: 1 man killed by gunmen for being a homosexual in Sadr City.

Tuesday 19 May: 3 killed

Baghdad: 1 killed by IED inside a minibus in Madain;
1 body found, tortured, shot and handcuffed, in river Tigris.

Muqdadiya: 1 policeman killed by AED under his car.

Monday 18 May: 2 killed

Mosul: 1 body found.

Zahra: 1 killed by IED.

Sunday 17 May: 4 killed

Qayyara: 2 policemen killed during attack on checkpoint.

Baghdad: 1 protester's body found.

Karbala: 1 woman, salon owner, stabbed in her salon.

Saturday 16 May: 3 killed

Nahr al-Sheikh: 1 lawyer killed by gunmen.

Abdel Hamid: 1 policeman killed in IS attack on checkpoint.

Muqdadiya: 1 killed in IS attack on checkpoint.

Friday 15 May: 10 killed

Samarra: 4 family members (father and sons) killed in armed attack.

Wajihiya: 1 killed in drive-by shooting.

Diyala River: 1 body found with gunshot wounds.

Qizlyar: 1 policeman killed in IS attack.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Tarmiyah;
1 body of a young man, previously abducted by IS, found stabbed.

Dujail: 1 policeman killed in IS attack.