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Morgue's toll for April in Baghdad: 1,091 victims

Gunmen pull up beside bus, kill 11 riding to work
Iraqi police officers secure the area around the scene of an ambushed minibus near Baquba.



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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Baghdad's morgue reported that 1,091 people were killed in the city's daily violence in April, the Iraqi president's office said in a statement Wednesday.

In the upsurge in sectarian violence after the February 22 attack on a Shiite shrine in Samarra, slain bodies have been found almost daily in the capital, many showing signs of being tortured.

The mosque attack inflamed tensions between Sunni Muslims, the Muslim sect that controlled Iraq during Saddam Hussein's reign, and Shiite Muslims, who make up 60 percent of the population.

"We feel shocked, saddened and angered," President Jalal Talabani said about the violence.

Talabani said these killings are no less dangerous to Iraqis than terror strikes. He called for all Iraqi security forces and political leaders to take immediate and forceful action to end the bloodshed.

Gunmen kill 11 workers

Gunmen killed 11 people riding a bus to work at a state-run electric company in Baquba, Iraq, on Wednesday morning, police said.

The attackers riddled the bus with bullets after pulling alongside in two vehicles, a police official said. Three other people were wounded.

Meanwhile, the toll from Tuesday night's suicide car bombing in a Shiite neighborhood in Tal Afar rose Wednesday to 20 dead and 37 wounded.

Tal Afar is near the Syrian border, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city.

President Bush recently cited Tal Afar as an example of the progress of coalition troops against the insurgency.

U.S. and Iraqi troops had pushed insurgents out of the city in 2004, but Tal Afar's security forces were unable to hold the city.

In September, U.S. and Iraqi troops reclaimed Tal Afar after a monthlong operation. (Map)

Violence has persisted there, however. In March, just days after Bush's speech touting the success of Tal Afar, a suicide bomber killed 30 people at an Iraqi army recruiting center outside the city.

Other developments

  • Five detainees escaped Tuesday from a prison in a rugged and mountainous part of northeastern Iraq. "The detainees left their jump suits behind, and are believed to be wearing dark-colored underwear," a U.S. military spokesman said. Fort Suse in Sulaimaniya houses about 1,300 inmates.
  • Mohammed Musshab Talal, director of public relations for the Defense Ministry and a Finance Ministry employee, were shot dead Wednesday in separate incidents in Baghdad, police said.
  • Police found 14 bodies on Tuesday, three of them beheaded and clad in Iraqi military uniforms. The decapitated bodies and another corpse, which had been shot in the head, were discovered in Sawayra, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Baghdad. Ten other bodies were found across the capital. They all had been shot in the head.
  • The Iraqi Interior Ministry said Tuesday it is searching for a security guard wanted in connection with an explosion this week at a bomb-making workshop in a Baghdad mosque. One person was killed and two others wounded in the blast. An arrest warrant has been issued for the chief of the security guards, who had a basement office near the site of the blast.
  • CNN's Jennifer Deaton and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.

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