Seven killed in Iraq car bomb attack

A car bomber has killed seven people, five of them Iraqi national guards, near the northern town of Baiji.

    Iraqi National Guard officers are targeted by anti-US fighters



    bomber drove his car at a checkpoint in

     Siniya, west of the oil refining town, 

    killing five national g

    uards and two civilians, guard Captain Raad Jassim said on Friday


    Two other civilians were shot dead by guards nearby

    when they failed to stop at a checkpoint, hospital staff said.

    Another national g

    uard member was found shot dead near Falluja with a note on his body

    warning others against working with US forces.

    The note attached to the bullet-riddled body

    read: "This is the fate awaiting

    anyone who collaborates with the occupier."

    American forces are still fighting anti-US fighters in parts of


    Iraqi interim government officials say many fighters withdrew from the

    city before the recent massive US-led offensive

    and are still operating elsewhere.

    Residents of the devastated city have slowly begun going

    home only to find the city in ruins.

    Most who fled the fighting remain in refugee camps,

    exacerbating resentment of the US-led presence in the country.

    Baghdad bombing

    Meanwhile, three loud explosions rattled central Baghdad late on Friday night, minutes after interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi delivered a speech on state television channels marking the end of the year.


    It was not clear what caused the blasts, but fighters regularly mortar and rocket locations in Baghdad, particularly the Green Zone, home to the interim Iraqi government and the US embassy. 


    Further south, in the city of Amara, two British military vehicles were destroyed when an explosive device was detonated along a road they were travelling on.


    Casualties among British soldiers have not been reported.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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