Four dead as morning blasts rock Baghdad

A string of explosions rocked Baghdad early today killing at least four people and wounding dozens, security officials said.

Baghdad, Sept 09: A string of explosions rocked
Baghdad early today killing at least four people and wounding
dozens, security officials said.

Most of the attacks appeared to have targeted security
forces, including a large car bomb in Zayuna that went off as
a US patrol passed but killed only two Iraqi bystanders,
Interior Ministry spokesman brigadier Abdul Karim Khalaf said.

In the central Baghdad neighbourhood of Waziriyah, a
man attempted to ram his car into a police station and was
shot, but not before he detonated the explosives in the
vehicle, killing a policeman and wounding 10 other people.

Smaller blasts in other parts of the capital wounded
another half-dozen civilians, Khalaf added.

Gunmen opened fire on two employees of the state-owned
Sabah newspaper as they drove to work, killing one and
wounding the other, a security official said.

In the northern oil city of Kirkuk, twin blasts killed
four people and wounded 16.

The bombers detonated the second device as a police
patrol arrived on the scene of the first blast, killing one
officer and wounding two, said Lieutenant Colonel Akram
Abdullah of Kirkuk police.

South of Baghdad, authorities discovered the bodies of
five people who had been shot dead, four of them in the town
of Suwayrah, which has become a common dumping ground for
victims of sectarian killings.

Bureau Report

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