Car bomb kills 19 Iraqis north of Baghdad as officer, Shiite cleric killed in separate incidents

Published January 2nd, 2005 - 11:50 GMT

At least 19 people were killed Sunday in a suicide car bomb attack on a bus carrying members of the Iraqi national guard near a U.S. military base north of Baghdad, the U.S. army said.


"Sixteen Iraqi national guard soldiers and one Iraqi civilian were killed... when anti Iraqi forces detonated a vehicle borne-improvised explosive device next to a bus at 8 am (0500 GMT)," said U.S. spokesman Master Sergeant Robert Powell, adding that two more national guardsmen died later of their wounds.

Six national guardsmen were also wounded in the attack, Powell said.


The dead civilian was identified as a female bystander on the road, which passes in front of a U.S. military base near the town of Balad, about 70 kilometres north of Baghdad, Powell added. The bomber also died in the attack, another spokesman said.


Meanwhile, a police officer was killed in a drive-by shooting in southern Baghdad late Saturday, police commissioner Najm Eid said. He said a Shiite cleric was also killed in the Baghdad neighborhood of Amil.


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