Baghdad: Blast kills at least nine; Official assassinated
A suicide bomber in a fuel truck blew it up early Monday at a police station in southwest Baghdad, killing nine people and wounding about 60, Iraqi officials, witnesses and the U.S. military said. Body parts were scattered across the area in front of the police station.
The attack took place shortly after 8 a.m. in the Seidiyeh neighborhood as people were arriving at work.
Later, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said attackers killed Essam al-Dijaili, the head of the military's supply department, in a drive-by shooting as he walked into his house in Baghdad. Four gunmen drove up as al-Dijaili was carrying dinner into his home Sunday night and opened fire, killing him and his bodyguard, said Mishal al-Sarraf, an adviser to the defense minister, according to The AP.
In another attack, the body of Lt. Col. Nafi al-Kubaisi, the police chief of the town of Heet, was discovered Monday at a market in nearby Fallujah, officials said. Al-Kubaisi had been kidnapped Saturday from his police station, said Capt. Nasir Abdullah.
Fighters also fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a fire station in the Baghdad neighborhood of al-Salihiya, the U.S. military said. One person was injured. (albawaba.com)
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