US clashes with al-Sader supporters
Iraq, Military, 9/26/2005
A source at the Iraqi ministry of interior said that one attack by a booby trapped car took place at the entrance of the Iraqi ministry of oil today and resulted in killing at least 6 people.
The source which asked to be anonymous said that a booby trapped car led by a suicide bomber detonated near the Iraqi ministry of oil, noting that "a bus carrying employees from the ministry of oil was exposed to heavy losses and that many were killed among these employees."
This came after al-Jihad Qaida organization in Iraq, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility for the attack which resulted in killing 13 Iraqi special police forces members, according to the organization in a statement on the Internet.
The Iraqi police has announced that one suicide bomber targeted in a booby trapped car a police vehicle on the highway to the east of the capital. It said that ten soldiers of its forces were also injured in the attack.
The explosion came after a night of clashes between the American forces and al-Mahdi army associated with the Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sader, east of Baghdad. Eight followers for al-Sader were killed in the explosion and other five were injured.
Al-Sader, who has a wide following, has been a strong opponent of the occupation forces, and is in favor of a united Iraq. He has had many political and military confrontations with the US forces.
For his part, the American official responsible for the military operations in al-Sader city stressed that acts of violence have been decreasing. He said he is working with officials to restore back calm to the city.
The chairman of the media commission for al-Sader office Abdul hadi al-Darraji accused the American forces of provoking people of al-Basra. He said in a statement to al-Jazeera TV on Sunday that these forces broke into the city since Sunday at dawn and started indiscriminate fire at civilians.
A source in the Iraqi ministry of interior said that the attack took place while the American forces were trying to detain several members of al-Mahdi army.
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