Six Iraqis, US contractor killed in attacks as senior charity official abducted

Published October 19th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

Four Iraqi National Guards were killed and some 80 injured in a mortar attack on their camp north of Baghdad on Tuesday, the U.S. military and Iraqi Defense Ministry said.  

 

Six mortar shells landed at the base in an early morning attack in Mashahidan, some 40 kms north of Baghdad, said Iraqi police and National Guard officers, according to The AP.  

 

U.S. Blackhawk helicopters evacuated all the injured, police said. 

 

In Baghdad, a US military compound in Baghdad suffered a direct hit on Tuesday. One US contractor dead and seven people injured, including a US soldier, a spokesman said, according to AFP.  

 

Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of the US oil services giant Halliburton, confirmed its employee was killed.  

 

Elsewhere, three car bombs went off in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, killing two Iraqi civilians and injuring three, the U.S. military said. One explosion targeted a convoy belonging to the governor of Ninevah, though he was not in the convoy, she said, according to The AP

 

Meanwhile, Margaret Hassan, an Iraqi national who is employed by CARE International, as CARE’s Country Director in Iraq, was abducted Tuesday morning in Baghdad. "As of now we are unaware of the motive for the abduction. As far as we know, Margaret is unharmed," a CARE press release said.  

 

Hassan, who was born in Britain, has been providing humanitarian relief to the people of Iraq in a professional career spanning more than 25 years.  

 

CARE International is a global humanitarian organisation coordinated from Brussels.  

 

On his part, the charity's chief executive Geoffrey Dennis confirmed to Sky News that Mrs. Hassan was CARE's head of operations in Iraq. "We are doing what we can," Dennis added. "It would be unhelpful for us to say more at this time." 

 

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, said: "Margaret Hassan is someone who has spent 30 years working in Iraq for the benefit of its people. 

 

"Our embassy in Baghdad is in touch with CARE International in Baghdad and I'm being kept closely informed of any development." (Albawaba.com)

© 2004 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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