Monday, May 17, 2004
BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Baghdad blast kills Iraq leader
It would seem that our Iraqi adversaries have decided to start the week off with a bang...
The current head of Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council has been killed in a car bomb blast near the headquarters of the US-led coalition in Baghdad.
Ezzedine Salim was waiting to enter the compound when the bomb went off at 0530 GMT, killing him and several others.
It is not yet clear whether Mr Salim was the target of what US officials say was a suicide attack.
The US overseer for Iraq, Paul Bremer, condemned the killing as "vile" and vowed to defeat those responsible
In other news...
In southern Iraq, scene of fierce clashes in recent days, there was more fighting overnight as US and Italian forces battled Shia militiamen.
Nine Iraqis were killed in Nasiriya during clashes with Italian troops, hospital officials said.
The Italians were forced to withdraw to their main camp some 10km (six miles) outside the city.
Defence officials in Rome confirmed that an Italian soldier had died from injuries sustained in the fighting.
In the holy city of Karbala, where US troops are pitted against fighters loyal to the radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, five Iraqis died and more than 30 were injured overnight, hospital sources said.
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