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Balad Police Chief and Two Guards Killed in Iraq War Attack

5 wounded in clashes in Baghdad  

Baghdad - Voices of Iraq

Friday , 21 /03 /2008  Time 3:41:54

Baghdad, Mar 21, (VOI)

Clashes erupted between joint Iraqi-U.S. forces and unidentified gunmen in southwestern Baghdad on Friday morning, a security source said. "The al-Yarmuk hospital received five civilians wounded in those clashes," a medic from the hospital told Aswat al-Iraq Voices of Iraq (VOI). "Some of these injuries are serious," the medic added. A security source said the some of the areas in southwestern Baghdad were cordoned off to search for wanted persons, prompting clashes to break out. AE

Senior officer, 2 escorts killed in attack in Balad

Salah al-Din - Voices of Iraq
Friday , 21 /03 /2008  Time 3:41:54
Salah al-Din, Mar 21, (VOI)

A senior officer and two of his escorts were killed and two civilians wounded when his motorcade came under an armed attack in Balad district, Salah al-Din province, on Thursday night, police said.

The motorcade of (US-backed) Lt. Col. Sabry Latif, the chief of al-Mahatta police in Balad, (80 km) north of Baghdad, came under attack by unidentified gunmen who showered the two-vehicle motorcade with bullets. Latif and two escorts were killed in the attack, a police source, who declined to have his name mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq Voices of Iraq (VOI).

"Two civilians who happened to be near the attack site were wounded. Ambulances removed the bodies and the wounded to a nearby hospital," the source said.



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