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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 5 May: 5 killed

Baghdad: 3 family members shot dead in their home in Palestine street;
1 killed by AED in Zaidan.

Jalawla: 1 by IED.

Friday 4 May: 7 killed

Muqdadiya: 3 policemen killed by IED.

Abu Saida: 3 killed by IED.

Al Qusairin: 1 body found.

Thursday 3 May: 1 killed

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Habibiya.

Wednesday 2 May: 26 killed

Mosul: 22 bodies found.

Jalawla: 2 policemen killed in clashes.

Albu Zaan: 1 farmer killed by IED.

Hawija: 1 by IED.

Tuesday 1 May: 28 killed

Tarmiya: 20 killed by gunmen.

Baquba: 1 body found.

Mosul: 3 bodies pulled from rubble.

Soran: 1 killed by landmine.

Kirkuk: 1 body.

Alexandria: 1 body.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen.

Monday 30 April: 7 killed

Mosul: 4 bodies found with signs of torture.

Mahmudiya: 1 body found.

Basra: 1 killed in drive-by shooting.

Wajihiyah: 1 by IED.


APRIL TOTAL: 303 CIVILIANS KILLED.

Sunday 29 April: 5 killed

Baghdad: 1 director of finance by gunfire;
1 by gunfire at Diyala Bridge;
1 killed in clashes in Mashtal.

Atashana: 2 shepherds killed by IED.