Member of Iraq's Governing Council shot as clashes reported in Fallujah
Akila al-Hashemi, a member of Iraq's Governing Council was shot Saturday, CNN reported. She was seriously wounded.
Three of her bodyguards also were wounded, said Mohammed Abdul Ghany, a security guard at the al-Yarmouk hospital. The attack occurred outside al-Hashimi's home in western Baghdad at about 9 a.m.
Hashemi is a diplomat who had served under the former regime and is one of three women on the Iraqi council. Before the fall of Saddam regime, she was a mid-level diplomat in the Iraqi Foreign Ministry and reported to Saddam's deputy Tariq Aziz. Hashemi holds a doctorate in French literature.
Earlier, two explosions were heard in Baghdad Friday night. One blast took place in Al Mansour neighborhood of west Baghdad. A woman and her three children who were riding in a taxi suffered light injuries in the second blast on the east side of the Tigris River near the People's Stadium, police said. Police added the bomb appeared to have been placed in a trash bin.
Elsewhere, an explosion and an exchange of small arms gunfire has struck the center of Fallujah as hundreds of US occupation forces and vehicles were deployed to the town, witnesses said, according to AFP.
The explosion was heard across Fallujah, 50 kilometres west of Baghdad, when it detonated at about 10:20 am (0620 GMT) and gunfire erupted immediately afterwards.
The blast occurred shortly after the main highway and a second access route, both linking the capital to Fallujah, were re-opened after being cut by hundreds of troops and vehicles entering the city.
One witness said troops blocked the exit and entry points to Fallujah at about 9:00 am Saturday (0500 GMT) and traffic had backed-up "for kilometres" heading into the town. (Albawaba.com)
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