Falluja Governor's Office Attack
- Falluja Governor's Office Attack
Police Cars Also Set On Fire
October 31, 2003
Furious Iraqis set the governor's office building ablaze in the restive town of Falluja on Friday
(October 31) after police shot dead a local man nearby, residents said.
The building was gutted by fire and smoke billowed into the sky. Two police cars were also set
ablaze in the unrest, which locals said followed a bomb blast inside the building. Police had no
immediate comment on the incident.
Witnesses said there were no casualties from the blast as the offices were empty for the Muslim day
of rest. But after the explosion Iraqi police opened fire outside, killing one man whom locals named
as Shakir Hikmat.
Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, is one of the flashpoint towns in the "Sunni triangle"
region where much of the resistance towards the U.S.-led occupation has been concentrated. U.S.
soldiers come under frequent attack in the town and Iraqi police have also been targeted.
On Tuesday, a suicide car bomber blew himself up outside a school 100 metres (yards) from a police
station in Falluja, killing at least four other people.
The previous day, suicide car bomb attacks on the International Committee of the Red Cross and three
police stations in Baghdad killed at least 35 people, in the bloodiest day in the capital since
Saddam Hussein was toppled in April.