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    Guerrillas attack Mossad office in Iraq The Egyptian Gazette Wednesday 12 November 2003 http://www.algomhuria.net.eg/gazette/1/2.asp KIRKOUK, Iraq - A huge
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      Guerrillas attack Mossad office in Iraq
      The Egyptian Gazette
      Wednesday 12 November 2003

      http://www.algomhuria.net.eg/gazette/1/2.asp

      KIRKOUK, Iraq - A huge blast has caused extensive damage in a Mossad
      office building in Kirkouk in northern Iraq late on Monday killing
      and wounding an unspecified number of Mossad agents and civilian
      Kurds, the Middle East News Agency said yesterday.

      US troops and rescue workers were rushed into the devastated building
      to remove the bodies and take the wounded to a hospital in Mousel,
      MENA said.

      The workers have arrived at the site during the night to remove the
      debris and evacuate the injured persons, the news agency added.

      The US troops prevented the people from getting closer to the
      building and imposed a news black out on the cause of the explosion,
      which occurred in the garage of the building, it said.

      The troops wanted to hide the true activities of the office, which
      the Mossad rented a week ago, and the identities of its occupants,
      MENA said.

      In another development, witnesses said that at least three explosions
      echoed across Baghdad last night, although the location of the blasts
      was not clear.

      The explosions, which sounded like mortar fire, follow a trend of
      mortar attacks on the US-led administration's headquarters in central
      Baghdad in the past 10 days.

      Four Iraqis were killed and nine others wounded when a roadside bomb
      ripped apart a car in the southern city of Basra, while the top US
      ground commander announced the capture of 20 suspected Al Qaeda
      members.

      In Basra, police Colonel Mohammed Khazim al-Ali said that among those
      killed were two policemen, while the wounded included several
      schoolchildren.

      The top US ground commander in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo
      Sanchez, said the coalition had detained 20 people suspected of
      belonging to the Al Qaeda terror group.

      "We have up to 20 suspected Al Qaeda members," Sanchez said, adding
      they were still being questioned and had not yet been proven to
      belong to bin Laden's organisation.

      Meanwhile, Mohannad Ghazi al Kaabi, the area's top municipal
      official, died from wounds after troops shot him when he refused to
      follow security procedures for entering a municipal building, the US
      military said in a statement.

      A US military official told reporters that US jet fighters also
      bombed a house, near Mahmudiyah, south of the capital apparently used
      as a base for anti-coalition attacks.

      "We used F-16s to precision bomb the house," said Captain Dan
      Froehlich, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne's Third Brigade.
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