Seven killed in Iraq car bomb attack
Friday 31 December 2004, 22:09 Makka Time, 19:09 GMT
A car bomber has killed seven people, five of them Iraqi national guards, near
the northern town of Baiji.
The bomber drove his car at a checkpoint in Siniya, west of the oil refining
town, killing five national guards 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 guard 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 Falluja.
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.
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.
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