Bloody day in Iraq
Iraq, Military, 4/20/2005
Iraq had witnessed yesterday a new bloody day that resulted in killing 18 persons at least and injuring scores most of them killed in two attacks that targeted Iraqi national guards forces in Baghdad and al-Khaledeyah town to the west of the capital.
Six persons were killed including several members of the national guards while other 44 were injured including 30 volunteers in al-Azameyah to the north east of Baghdad in a booby trapped car explosion that targeted the headquarters of the Iraqi national guards forces.
The attack, which took place while several recruited persons were gathering before the headquarters, was claimed in a statement issued on the Internet, by al-Jihad al-Qaida organization in Mesopotamia which is led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Four gunmen equipped with machine guns attacked forces for the national guards in al-Khaledeyah town to the west of Baghdad, and this resulted in killing five persons and injuring other four.
The two attacks came hours after the assassination of the advisor for the Iraqi defense minister, Lt. Gen. Adnan al-Kharajouli, and his son Ala Eddine, a Maj. in the military intelligence in al-Doura quarters to the south of Baghdad on Monday evening.
Gunmen in al-Amara to the south of Baghdad also killed Maj. Gen Hassan Hatu al-Jabiri, the general inspector in the ministry of the interior with his driver on Monday evening. Unidentified gunmen killed on Tuesday morning Fouad Ibrahim Muhammad al-Bayati, the chairman of the German language department at Baghdad University in front of his house.
In Tikrit to the north of Baghdad, one Iraqi civilian was killed in a bomb explosion targeting an Iraqi army vehicle. One Iraqi soldier was killed by the bullet of unidentified gunmen that targeted his vehicle in al-Dalou'eya area to the north of Baghdad. In Baqouba to the north south of Baghdad, one explosive went off and resulted in killing an Iraqi civilian.
Meantime, the Philippines announced on Tuesday the assassination of one of its citizens in Iraq, to be therefore the second Philippino to be killed in Iraq in less than one week. Manila renewed the call on its citizens working in Iraq, estimated at 6,000 to leave this country.
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