At least 13 killed in Baghdad car blast; Collaborator shot dead in Basra

Published September 17th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

A suicide bomber on Friday activated a car packed with explosives in downtown Baghdad as a police convoy passed by, killing at least 13 people, officials said. Six police cars were driving toward the central Rasheed Street when a vehicle coming from Haifa Street drew up to them, said policeman Medhafar Ismail.  

 

"When it reached them, he (the driver) blew himself up," Ismail said, according to The AP

 

The Iraqi Health Ministry said 13 people were killed and 20 injured.  

 

Earlier, gunbattles raged for hours between US-led Iraqi forces and resistance figters after an explosives-rigged car tried to ram a checkpoint, the US military said.  

 

At around 6:15 am (0215 GMT), a car sped towards a checkpoint. Soldiers opened fire and the car detonated, proving that it was packed with explosives, said US spokesman Major Philip Smith.  

 

The driver and possibly a second occupant of the car were killed, he added, according to AFP.  

 

Elsewhere, Abdul Rahman said an Iraqi died and four members of his family injured early Friday when assailants threw a hand grenade on the roof of his home in the Zuhur neighbourhood in western Baghdad.  

 

In the southern city of Basra, gunmen attacked two men who had been working with the British military, killing one and wounding another. 

 

Three men entered the Basra apartment where the two lived and shot them, said police Captain Alaa Khalil. 

 

A note left near the victims read: “This is the punishment of anyone who co-operates with occupation forces.” (albawaba.com)

© 2004 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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