Mossad office in Iraq attacked
- Guerrillas attack Mossad office in Iraq
The Egyptian Gazette
Wednesday 12 November 2003
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,
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,
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
In Basra, police Colonel Mohammed Khazim al-Ali said that among those
killed were two policemen, while the wounded included several
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.