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Election turnout is reported at 62 percent. Insurgents killed two policemen and a civilian in Mosul and Fallujah; one insurgent was also killed. Iraqi forces detained 16 wanted men in Basrah and two al Qaeda fighters in Mosul. Two US soldiers died in a vehicle accident near Baghdad.
Al Qaeda in Iraq failed to deter parliamentary elections. Thirty-eight Iraqis were killed in mortar attacks and bombings, but the attacks did not keep Iraqis from the polls. Turnout was high. Security forces detained six wanted men in Saadiya, two terrorists in Tarmiyah, an al Qaeda cell leader in Arii, and a Naqshabandi cell leader in Kirkuk.
High turnout was recorded during the first day of out-of-country voting. Four Iranians were killed in a bombing in Najaf. Iraqi forces detained 10 al Qaeda in Iraq fighters in central and northern Iraq, eight in Diyala, and four more in Ramadi, an al Qaeda mufti in Khalis, and six wanted men in Basrah.
A child was killed in an IED blast in Hillah. Security forces detained 10 wanted men in Basrah and three gunmen in Sulaimaniya. A curfew has been imposed in Baghdad for the weekend to provide additional security for the election.
Suicide bombers killed seven soldiers and seven policemen in attacks on polling stations in Baghdad. Security forces detained 10 al Qaeda fighters involved in the March 3 attack in Baqubah and four Islamic State of Iraq fighters in Kirkuk. Violence in Iraq has not increased significantly in the run-up to the March 7 parliamentary election.