Saturday, July 05, 2003

Ramadi some 100 km (60 miles) from the capital 

Blast hits Iraqi police station, several casualties

Khaleej Times, (Reuters)

5 July 2003

BAGHDAD - A big explosion rocked a police station in an Iraqi town west of Baghdad on Saturday, inflicting several casualties, al Jazeera television reported.

The Arabic channel, quoting its own correspondent in Ramadi some 100 km (60 miles) from the capital, said the blast occurred near the station, where US troops were believed to be training Iraqi policemen.

Jazeera, citing witnesses, said four people had been killed and others had been wounded. It did not give their nationalities. The channel showed images of pools of blood on the ground at what it said was the scene of the attack.

The US military’s central press office in Iraq said it had not yet received any reports of the incident. Twenty-six US and six British soldiers have been killed since US President George W. Bush declared major combat over in Iraq on May 1 after the war that ousted Saddam Hussein.

US officials blame isolated Saddam loyalists for the guerrilla attacks. But some Iraqis say the violence reflects more widespread discontent with their US-led occupiers.

Ramadi is in a mainly Sunni Muslim region north and west of Baghdad which was long a bastion of support for Saddam and has been the scene of many of the recent attacks.


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