Thursday, December 15, 2005

Reuters AlertNet - Incidents on Iraqi election day

Reuters AlertNet - Incidents on Iraqi election day: "Dec 15 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents and other developments on polling day in Iraq's election as of 1115 GMT on Thursday.

* Denotes a new or updated item.

BAGHDAD - Minutes after polls open at 0400 GMT, mortar round lands in fortified Green Zone, where senior officials vote. Two civilians and U.S. Marine slightly wounded, U.S. embassy says.

BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari says: 'Ballot boxes are a victory of democracy over dictatorship.'

'The real triumph is that people are casting ballots -- whoever they choose -- and that they've chosen voting over bombs,' Jaafari says after casting his vote.

BAGHDAD - Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi says: 'We hope to see a formation of a strong government that can ... represent the main communities and be a government of national salvation.'

* BAGHDAD - Farid Ayar, a top electoral commissioner, tells state-run Iraqiya TV: 'There's more diversity in this election, more electoral competition and sophisticated campaigning ... we are delighted with this process.'

* ISSHAAQI - Police say four insurgents are killed when roadside bomb they were planting explodes on main road in Isshaaqi, 90 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

MOSUL - Roadside bomb explodes near school used as polling station in southeastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, killing guard and wounding policeman, police say.

MOSUL - Seven explosions are heard in Mosul in what U.S. military says was attack on two of its vehicles. No casualties.

SAMARRA - Mortar round lands near polling centre in al-Mu'tassim, south of Samarra, police say. No casualties.

TIKRIT - A mortar round hits near polling centre in al-Bayan school, police say. No casualties.

BALAD - Three civilians injured after being hit by U.S. patrol vehicle, military says.

RAMADI - Explosion heard shortly after polls open, followed by bursts of gunfire. No known casualties or damage.

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