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SLUG: 2-306354 Iraq / Violence
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DATE= 08/11/03

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE= IRAQ / VIOLENCE (L)

NUMBER=2-306354

BYLINE= KIRK TROY

DATELINE= BAGHDAD, IRAQ

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INTRO: U-S military officials in Iraq say an overnight bomb attack in a town northeast of Baghdad killed one American soldier and wounded two others. As Kirk Troy reports from the Iraqi capital, the attack comes as tensions in the southern city of Basra seem to be calming after two days of rioting.

TEXT: Details are still sketchy, but reports say the incident took place late Sunday outside a police station in Baquba, about 70 kilometers north of the capital.

One U-S army officer on the scene was quoted (by the Associated Press) as saying the explosive device used in the attack appeared to be a home made bomb.

Another reported attack occurred in Baghdad Sunday night as two grenades were thrown near the British embassy damaging two trucks. Small arms fire was also heard in the southern part of the city.

Meanwhile, a tense calm is reported today (Monday) in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, following two days of rioting over shortages of electric power and fuel. The unrest claimed two lives.

An Iraqi and a security guard from Nepal were killed in separate incidents Sunday during the violence as British troops struggled to bring rioting under control. Several Iraqis and British soldiers were injured in unrest Saturday.

In another development, the U-S administrator for Iraq, Paul Bremer, said Islamists with links to al-Qaida are among the chief suspects in last week's bombing of the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad. The blast killed at least 17 people. (Signed)

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