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The Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq Oct. 17, 2004 — A strong explosion shook Baghdad's Jadiriyah district late Sunday, residents said. Emergency vehicles were seen rushing toward the area, but it was unclear if anyone was killed or injured.
Efforts to contact the police were unsuccessful because of poor telephone service. The U.S. military said it had no report about the blast.
Jadiriyah, located near the bend in the Tigris river, includes several foreign embassies and corporate offices.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A loud explosion rocked a cafe frequented by Iraqi police near the Australian embassy in Baghdad on Sunday, witnesses said.
A Reuters cameraman said there were many casualties at the scene, which was cordoned off by police as ambulances rushed in...
A loud explosion rocked a cafe frequented by Iraqi police near the Australian embassy in Baghdad today, witnesses said.
A Reuters cameraman said there were many casualties at the scene, which was cordoned off by police as ambulances rushed in.
The cause of the blast and the exact number of casualties was not immediately clear.
Police appeared to be having a late evening meal during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Insurgents frequently target Iraqi police and National Guards who they accuse of working with US-led forces in the country.
Two mortars were fired at a hotel used by journalists and foreign contractors in the same area of Baghdad earlier today.
18.10.2004 10.52 am
UPDATE - A car bomb that targeted police at a Baghdad cafe near the Australian embassy killed seven people, the US military said.
A US officer at the scene of the blast told Reuters by telephone at least 20 people were wounded.