Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Suicide Bomber

Another suicide attack - this one on an Iraqi national guard base at Muthana airfield in western Baghdad. 21 dead and another 27 people injured in the blast.
“Elsewhere in Iraq, at least five people, including three policemen, were killed. The attacks bring to more than 60 the number of Iraqis killed in the past two days.”
It doesn’t look as if elections have dampened the revolutionary spirit in Iraq.
The US military contradicted Iraqi officials who had claimed that the explosion was a mortar attack.
Also, “three policemen were killed in the violent western Baghdad suburb of Ghazaliyah. Gunmen fired on the car of a politician, Mithal al-Alusi, killing his two sons but leaving him untouched. It was the latest of several attempts on his life. Last year, Mr Alusi headed the De-Ba'athification Commission. He was sacked from the job after protests following a trip he made to Israel.”

“There was conflicting information about the fate of an Italian journalist who was kidnapped in Baghdad last Friday. One group which claimed to have taken Giuliana Sgrena, a reporter on the Communist daily Il Manifesto, said she would be released shortly because it had determined she was not a spy. Another group claimed it had killed her.”

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