- Title: IRAQ: NINE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN MOSUL CAR BOMB
- Date: 8th June 2004
- Summary: (W3) MOSUL, IRAQ (JUNE 8, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) WIDE OF PEOPLE GATHERED AROUND WRECKAGE IN STREET VARIOUS OF BURNED OUT CAR SLV U.S. SOLDIERS WALKING BY CAR SLV U.S SOLDIERS AT SCENE WIDE OF WRECKAGE OF CAR, U.S. SOLDIERS AND OTHER PEOPLE AT THE SCENE CLOSE OF WRECKED CAR WIDE OF U.S. SOLDIERS BY PARKED CAR SV SOLDIERS LOOKING AT CRATER IN ROAD WIDE OF US SOLDIERS AND FIRE ENGINE AT SITE (U3)MOSUL, IRAQ (JUNE 8, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) WIDE OF EXTERIOR HOSPITAL WIDE OF WOUNDED MAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION ON A STRETCHER IN HOSPITAL VARIOUS OF DOCTOR TREATING WOUNDED MAN SLV POLICE TALKING TO ANOTHER CASUALTY VARIOUS OF WOUNDED MEN
- Embargoed: 23rd June 2004 13:00
- Location: MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA44HFTFBSHHSY03REUPHLUFSUJ
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- Story Text: Nine people killed in a car bomb in Iraq's northern town of Mosul.
A suspected suicide car bomb killed nine civilians and wounded at least 25 near the mayor's office in the northern Iraq city of Mosul on Tuesday (June 8), the U.S.
military, Iraqi police and witnesses said.
Previously the U.S. military said 10 people were killed and around 100 wounded, but it later said in a statement those figures were early estimates and it had received updated information from Mosul's provincial council.
The blast went off at about 9 a.m. (0500 GMT) when the street was full of people heading to work. It caused extensive damage to buildings near the city hall, which houses the mayor's offices, and destroyed at least nine vehicles.
Doctors said some of the dead were charred beyond recognition after the deafening explosion. Pictures from the scene showed a massive tangle of charred wreckage in the street.
The U.S. military said the target of the attack was a convoy carrying members of the provincial council and Mosul's deputy police chief. City hall officials said the mayor, who heads the provincial security commission, was also targeted.
The provincial officials and mayor were not harmed in the blast, while the deputy police chief received minor injuries. The mayor's office said several of his bodyguards were wounded.
Witnesses said the Mosul bomb was placed in an orange and white taxi -- ubiquitous in Iraq -- which was carrying three people when it detonated as the convoy of officials passed by.
Checks at Mosul's three hospitals showed only three people brought in dead from the attack and 38 wounded.
Shortly after the blast, several mortars were fired at a U.S. military base in the city, wounding at least two Iraqi civilians, the U.S. military said. It denied reports that the attack was a second car bomb.
Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city, has seen frequent violence over the past year, with several senior local officials killed in drive-by shootings, car-bombs or suicide attacks.
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