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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 3 May: 2 killed

Mosul: 1 killed by gunmen.

Al-Shirqat: 1 child killed by IED targeting sheep herders.

Saturday 2 May: 5 killed

Zaghnia: 4 policemen killed in IS attack on checkpoint.

Nasiriya: 1 killed by gunmen.

Friday 1 May: 3 killed

Abu Saida: 1 policeman killed by gunmen.

Al-Dawa: 1 man, the son of a sheikh, killed during clashes.

Najaf: 1 protester killed.

Thursday 30 April: 1 killed

Balad: 1 police officer killed in armed attack.

APRIL TOTAL: 50 civilians killed

Wednesday 29 April: 1 killed

Al-Dabaat: 1 vegetable seller killed by IED.

Monday 27 April: 6 killed

Kirkuk: 6 killed in front of Intelligence Headquarters by two suicide bombers.

Sunday 26 April: 1 killed

Rutba: 1 council member killed in armed attack by IS.