Iraqi officer shot dead

An Iraqi civil defence officer has died and 10 more have been injured in two separate attacks against paramilitary forces in Iraq.

    Iraq's civil defence corps in Kirkuk guard valuable oil pipeline

    The officer died during a skirmish near the northern oil centre of Kirkuk, according to Civil Defence Corp General Anwar Hamid Amin.

    Unknown assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades at a checkpoint in the village of al-Muradiyah, 83 kilometres south of Kirkuk at 06:30 am (03:30 GMT).

    A pick-up truck carrying ICDC soldiers was also hit by an explosive device concealed in a handcart on the roadside near the town of Baquba, north of Baghdad.

    Eight ICDC officers and two civilians were wounded in the attack, which occurred shortly before 9:00 am (0600 GMT).

    Cart bomb

    Kadir Aziz, the driver of the pick-up which had been transporting 15 people east of Baquba, said he saw the explosive device but did not think it suspicious.

    Wednesday's car bomb killed three
    in the very centre of Baghdad

    "I saw a small cart in the road, I thought it was for someone selling something, when we were close to this, it exploded," he said.

    Another ICDC officer said a remote control device was later found in the area, and a man had been seen fleeing the scene in an Opel car.

    Hotel attack

    On Wednesday, three people were killed in a powerful car bomb explosion that ripped through the centre of Baghdad early on Wednesday.

    Locals said the blast destroyed a police post and tore the front of a hotel in the Iraqi capital's upmarket Karrada district, setting fire to cars nearby.

    Police said an ambulance packed with explosives drove up to the Shahine hotel at high speed and detonated.

    The hotel is frequented by foreign business people but the police outpost on the other side of the road also bore the brunt of the blast.

    SOURCE: Agencies


     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    Ninety-nine years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    In the rundown Pedion Areos Park, older men walk slowly by young asylum seekers before agreeing on a price for sex.

    Survivors recall US massacre in My Lai

    Survivors recall US massacre in Vietnam

    One of the most infamous moments in American military history.