7 killed in Baghdad suicide bombing: statement

10:21, September 06, 2010      

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Iraqi soldiers deploy at site of bomb attacks Iraqi soldiers deploy at the site of bomb attacks in Baghdad Sept. 5, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Seven people were killed and 29 others injured when five suicide bombers in their explosive-laden minibus attacked an Iraqi army headquarters in downtown Baghdad on Sunday, an Iraqi military command said.

A statement by Baghdad Operations Command said five suicide bombers wearing explosive vests in their KIA minibus approached the rear gate of the old Defense Ministry complex, now used by the operations command of Risafa area on the eastern side of the Tigris River.

"Iraqi security forces fought the terrorist group and killed a suicide bomber who was close to the checkpoint and two others, including the one who was driving the booby-trapped minibus," the statement said.

Two other suicide bombers were blown up by soldiers' gunfire after being chased and surrounded in an abandoned building, the statement added.

A total of 7 people were killed and 29 others wounded in the battle, it said.

Xinhua correspondents heard very strong blasts and heavy gunfire at about 10:50 a.m. (0750 GMT) when the attack occurred.

Earlier, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua that the attack was carried out by three suicide bombers who tried to storm the operations command of Risafa, but the guards opened fire on them, killing two of the attackers. The third was wounded and captured.

The source also said that eight people were killed by crossfire and bombings and 21 others were wounded.

The targeted base is also used by the Iraqi army as a recruitment center where 48 people were killed another 129 wounded on Aug. 17 when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-vest at a crowd of young men who gathered to sign up to join the Iraqi army.

Sporadic attacks are still common in Iraq as part of recent deterioration in security, shaping a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normality days after the U.S. military announced withdrawal of the combat troops from the war-torn country.

Source: Xinhua


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