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Senior judge escapes assassination attempt in southern Iraq
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15:08, August 15, 2007

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A suicide car bomb attacked the convoy of a senior judge on Wednesday in Hilla City, the capital of Babylon province, leaving the judge seriously injured, a provincial police source said.

"A suicide car bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into the convoy of Judge Aqeel Adnan Witwit while heading for his office in the 40th Street in central Hilla, some 100 km south of Baghdad, leaving the judge seriously injured and two of his bodyguards killed," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Seven pedestrians were also wounded, while several cars of the convoy were damaged in the blast, the source said.

The judge was ferried to a U.S. military hospital by helicopter, the source said, adding an investigation has been launched.

Violence continues infesting Iraq despite the presence of tens of thousands of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers across the country in a major security crackdown on insurgency and sectarian violence.

Source: Xinhua

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