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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 9 May: 19 killed

Baghdad: 8 killed by suicide bomber in Jamila.

Hamam al-Alil: 5 killed in armed attack at mayor's house; the dead are the mayor, two of his children, his mother and his nephew.

Mosul: 4 family members killed in armed attack; the dead include two children.

Sinjar: 1 body found.

Sayl al-Sharqat: 1 guard killed by gunmen.

Wednesday 8 May: 7 killed.

Mazariya: 3 killed by gunmen.

Mosul: 1 body found.

Kirkuk: 1 shepherd killed by IED.

Baghdad: 1 killed by gunmen in Kamaliyah;
1 body found in Sadr City.

Monday 6 May: 3 killed

Baghdad: 2 killed by gunmen in Ali Saleh.

Bartla: 1 body found.

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.