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Car bomb kills 9 in Iraq
July 19, 2004 12:39 IST
At least nine people were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide car bombing near the Al-Dora police station in south Baghdad, reports CNN quoting Iraqi officials.
Earlier, a police source said three police officers were among the dead from the blast which hit at 8.20 am Monday.
Dr Haki Asma'ail, the director of Al-Yarmuk hospital, said the hospital has received six dead and 52 wounded from the blast, the network said. Less than an hour later a mortar hit a home in central Baghdad.
On Sunday, a US airstrike in Fallujah killed 14 people and wounded three others, according to an Iraqi Health Ministry official for Anbar province.
The raid in southern Fallujah targeted "a known terrorist fighting position" manned by fighters with ties to fugitive Islamic militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, CNN quoted Brig. Gen. Erv Lessel, deputy director for operations for the US-led multinational force in Iraq, as saying.
According to a statement from Lessel, the strike took place just after 2 am and "destroyed defensive fighting positions and trench lines near the remains of a house and a foreign fighter checkpoint." Lessel said about 25 fighters linked to al-Zarqawi were at the site just before the airstrike.
Meanwhile, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage arrived Sunday in Baghdad. Armitage, the most senior US official to visit the country since the handover of sovereignty June 28, told reporters he and interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi discussed Iraq's relationship with the United States and the role of the United Nations.