Saturday, October 23, 2004

Iraq: 26 killed on horrific day of violence

Suicide bombers killed at least 22 members of Iraq's fledgling security forces yesterday amid a spate of insurgent attacks across the country that also left six US servicemen injured, four civilians dead and a sabotaged pipeline that was still blazing at nightfall. Yesterday's outbreak of violence began with a suicide car bombing outside a US marine base 142 miles west of Baghdad. The blast hit an Iraqi police post at the base, killing 16 security men and injuring up to 40 others. No US servicemen or women were hurt. Then another suicide bomber blew up his vehicle near a checkpoint manned by Iraqi National Guards in the village of Ishaqi, near Samarra, north of Baghdad. Four guards were killed, and six wounded in the attack. Two other policemen were killed by a roadside bomb in Samarra. Near the northern city of Mosul, insurgents killed two Turkish truck drivers and wounded two others in an attack on a convoy. And on the highway leading to Baghdad airport, six US soldiers were wounded when their armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Insurgents also fired two mortar rounds in central Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding one, witnesses said.