Baghdad Locked Down But Violence Flares Elsewhere in Iraq

The Iraqi capital was quiet Saturday as a curfew imposed in fear of imminent attacks kept residents inside, but violence persisted in other areas of the country.

Gunmen killed Malik Jebbar, an Iraqi man who had been working as an interpreter for the U.S. military in an area about 60 miles south of Baghdad, police Capt. Muthana Khalid said.

Another person was killed in nearby Iskandariyah, 30 miles south of Baghdad, when a bomb exploded in the city center, Khalid said. Five others were injured in the blast.

In Tal Afar, 260 miles northwest of Baghdad, police opened fire on a suspected car bomber. The vehicle detonated, killing two and wounding 30 others, police Lt. Nejim Abdullah said.

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After U.S. troops detained a bodyguard for the leader of Iraq's biggest Sunni Arab political group on suspicion he was preparing massive suicide bombings inside the fortified Green Zone, fearful officials on Saturday enforced a total ban on movement in Baghdad.

Speaking on Al-Arabiya TV on Saturday morning, Interior Ministry official Hussein Ali Kemal said the move was to "prevent the security situation from deteriorating." He added, however, that the information was that there was a threat that an attack "might occur against places of worship and shopping centers during Ramadan."

Baghdad police on Saturday found six corpses in the eastern section of the capital in the morning, more apparent victims of the sectarian death squads that roam the city. Four more bodies showing signs of torture — also blindfolded with their hands and legs bound and shot in the head — were found in the afternoon in Baghdad, police 1st. Lt. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said.

Two other bodies were turned in to the morgue in Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad.

North of Kut, a policeman was shot and killed by unknown assailants outside his home, police said.

In the northern city of Mosul, a civilian was killed in a drive-by shooting, police said.

Late Friday, a mortar round landed in the southeastern part of Baghdad, killing five people, including two children and their mother, while injuring another six, police Lt. Bilal Ali said.