- Title: IRAQ: Three killed people and 22 wounded in two separate blasts in Baghdad
- Date: 20th July 2006
- Summary: AMBULANCE ARRIVING AT HOSPITAL AMBULANCE WORKERS TAKING WOUNDED FROM AMBULANCE WOUNDED ON WHEEL CHAIR MAN WITH INJURED HAND WALKING OUT OF HOSPITAL POLICE CAR LEAVING HOSPITAL SIGN "KINDI HOSPITAL"
- Embargoed: 4th August 2006 13:00
- Location: Iraq
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
- Reuters ID: LVACXWSV0TPUBJYU7MD3HLUSI5X5
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- Story Text: A police officer was killed on Thursday (July 20) when a roadside bomb struck his patrol in central Baghdad, police sources said.
They said that a civilian was also killed and 11 other people were wounded in the attack, which took place on Palestine Street.
"They planted it next to a falafel kiosk. This is the second blast in the same area. (Question: Near Al-Sakhra Restaurant?) Yes near the Al-Sakhra Restaurant. The police and security forces are trying to maintain security but they could not and people have died," said an eyewitness.
Meanwhile, a car parked on the side of a road near the entrance to Baghdad's main trade hub of al-Shorja exploded in the middle of the day, killing one civilian and wounding 11 others, police sources said.
Tens of thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes in fear of sectarian violence that has worsened since formation of a U.S.-backed national unity government two months ago, official data showed on Thursday.
The United Nations joined the U.S. ambassador and the U.S. military commander in Iraq on Wednesday in sounding an alarm on the level of violence, three months after Nuri al-Maliki was nominated as prime minister and two months after his coalition of Sunnis, Kurds and fellow Shi'ites was sworn in by parliament.
Four of the bloodiest attacks this year have taken place this month -- two al Qaeda-claimed car bombings of Shi'ite markets in Baghdad and Kufa and two mass assaults by gunmen, one on a Sunni district of Baghdad, the other at nearby Mahmudiya.
Those four alone, two of them earlier this week, claimed some 220 lives.
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