Italian troops and Mahdi Army clash

Clashes between Italian occupation troops and a Shia militia, the Mahdi Army, have erupted in the centre of the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya.

    There are around 3000 Italian troops in Iraq

    Aljazeera's correspondent in the city reported the clashes began on Thursday morning and were still underway hours later.

    He said the storming of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr's offices in the city by Italian troops provoked the unrest.

     

    "No details were reported about casualities on both sides," he added.

     

    In another incident, four policemen were wounded when a police station was attacked in Taji district, 25km north of Baghdad, on Thursday morning.

     

    Aljazeera reported that the wounded were taken to the Kadhimiyah hospital in Baghdad for treatment.

     

    Baquba blast

    Meanwhile, the toll in Wednesday's car bomb blast in the Iraqi town of Baquba has climbed to 70 dead and 90 injured.

    The attack was the deadliest since the interim government was installed last month.

    Al-Sadr (R) has clashed with
    occupation forces frequently

    The majority of those injured are in a serious condition, reported Aljazeera's correspondent Abd al-Adhim Muhammad.

    A car packed with explosives detonated in a marketplace in Baquba, 65km north of Baghdad, near a police station.

    Many among those killed were passengers in a minibus which happened to be nearby.

    There were also casualties among policemen and new police recruits who had queued up nearby.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.