- Title: IRAQ: Violence continues in Iraq
- Date: 6th May 2006
- Summary: EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES (BN10) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (MAY 6, 2006) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) HOUSE DEMOLISHED BY ROCKET MORE OF THE DEMOLISHED HOUSE RUBBLE OF BRICKS DEMOLISHED HOUSE/ RUBBLE OF BROKEN BRICKS AND TWISTED METAL PIECE OF ROCKET ON RUBBLE LARGE GOUGE ON WALL OF HOUSE AND KNOCKED DOWN WINDOW WOMAN PULLING A METAL FROM RUBBLE OF HOUSE MORE OF DEMOLISHED HOUSE MAN PULLING WRECKED METAL / RUBBLE (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic), JABBAR ABED JABBAR, SAYING: "We heard a very powerful explosion at about 0900 or 0930 and when we came we saw a Katyousha rocket of about one and a half metre long. Because of the fire and the force of the blast we did not see anything but two children with amputated arms." PEOPLE WALKING ON RUBBLE
- Embargoed: 21st May 2006 13:00
- Location: Iraq
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Defence / Military
- Reuters ID: LVAE4CUNHN4IBU6O5C4BJBMFTKMS
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- Story Text: Two children aged 5 and 6 were killed and three adult civilians were wounded when a Katyusha rocket landed on Baghdad's western district of Shu'la on Saturday (May 6),police said.
The rocket demolished two houses in the mainly Shi'ite neighbourhood.
"We heard a very powerful explosion at about 0900 or 0930 and when we came we saw a Katyusha rocket of about one and a half metre long . Because of the fire and the force of the blast we did not see anything but two children with amputated arms," said neighbour Jabbar Abed Jabbar.
It was not immediately clear what was the real target of the attack.
On Friday (May 5) night, two policemen were killed and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb went off close to an Iraqi police patrol south of the capital Baghdad.
Witnesses said one police vehicle was damaged by the blast, which took place 30 km north of Musayib town, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad.
Poorly equipped Iraqi security forces are an attractive target for assaults by insurgent groups like al Qaeda in Iraq, who have stepped up their campaign of violence recently.
Also on Saturday, a suicide bomber wearing Iraqi army uniform detonated his explosives vest inside an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad , killing three army officers, Interior Ministry sources and police said.
The officers killed were a colonel, a major and a lieutenant.
A lieutenant-colonel was also wounded in the attack in Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, the latest insurgent strike against U.S.-trained security forces.
Building a strong and competent Iraqi army to fight an insurgency and sectarian violence is key to Washington's plans to begin withdrawing its 130,000 troops in Iraq.
Insurgents have stepped up attacks against the U.S.-trained security forces, frequently targeting recruiting centres.
Suicide bombers have disguised themselves as soldiers or policemen before in their attacks.
A suicide bomber wearing an army uniform killed at least 26 people last June at an army mess hall north of the capital.
In December, 2004, another suicide bomber also wearing Iraqi uniform killed 22 people, most of them Americans, at a U.S. military mess tent in the northern city of Mosul. END
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