posted on Apr, 21 2004 @ 02:29 AM
Near-simultaneous car bombings devastated three police stations in Basra, Iraq
during the height of morning rush hour on Wednesday. As many as 68 people have died, including 16 children who were on a buses to kindergarten and
middle school. At least 230 are injured, some seriously. British troops are among the injured, but no word if any Coalition forces died in the
A fourth bomb rocked the police academy in the Basra suburb of Zubair a short time afterwards, killing three. An hour later, a fifth blast hit the
Reports indicate at least three car bombs went off, with some witnesses reporting as many as five. An Iraqi police colonel says the explosions may
have been caused by rockets. At the Saudia station, which was the most-damaged of the four locations, a crater six feet deep and nine feet across was
left in the ground, indicating the car bomb theory is more likely. There is no official word on the cause at this time.
British troops rushing to the scene were unable to assist "because coalition forces are being stoned by crowds".
The police station at Saudia was heavily damaged in the explosion, its facade showing a crater two metres deep and three metres wide.
An injured witness, Amin Dinar, speaking from his hospital bed said "I looked around and saw my leg bleeding and my neighbor lying dead on the
floor, torn apart. I saw a minibus full of children on fire -- 15 of the 18 passengers were killed and three badly wounded."
Basra Mayor Wael Abdul-Hafeez has named Al Qaeda operatives as prime suspects behind the attacks.
[Edited on 22-4-2004 by Banshee]
[Edited on 4-22-2004 by Valhall]