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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 5 May: 5 killed

Baghdad: 2 bodies found in Zafaraniya and Shaab.

Karbala: 3 killed by gunmen.

Saturday 4 May: 3 killed

Mukhisa: 1 killed by IED.

Baghdad: 1 body found in Madain.

Diwaniya: 1 lawyer killed by gunmen.

Friday 3 May: 1 killed

Shirqat: 1 policeman killed by gunmen.

Thursday 2 May: 3 killed

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Taji.

Kirkuk: 1 Ministry of Electricity employee killed in armed attack.

Riyadh: ! son of mukhtar killed.

Wednesday 1 May: 2 killed.

Makhmour: 1 kidnapped man executed.

Baghdad: 1 body found in Shorja.

Monday 29 April: 35 killed

Mosul: 34 women's bodies found in mass grave.

Tal Afar: 1 farmer killed by IED.


APRIL TOTAL: 140.
The dead include 5 children and 48 bodies discovered buried in mass graves.

Sunday 28 April: 15 killed

Mosul: 1 killed by gunmen.

Sinjar: 14 bodies of Yazidis found in mass grave.