Suicide bomber kills 6 outside Iraq ministry

By REUTERS
December 26, 2011 09:36

BAGHDAD- A suicide car bomber killed at least six people and wounded 31 when he detonated explosives in an attack on Iraq's interior ministry in Baghdad, police and hospital sources said on Monday.

The blast followed Thursday's wave of explosions that killed at least 72 people in Baghdad in the first such attacks since a crisis erupted between Iraq's Shi'ite-led government and Sunni rivals just days after the last US troops withdrew.

The bomber drove his vehicle into a security cordon outside the ministry on Monday, detonating an explosion that left dead and wounded on the ground and set fire to nearby vehicles in central Baghdad, police said.

"When I went outside I found my colleagues, some of them were killed, others were on the ground, many cars were burned, the policeman on the watchtower looked like he was killed when he was hit in the head," Zaid Raheem, a police guard, said.

Six people, including four policeman, were killed and 34 others were wounded, police said.


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