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SLUG: 2-311259 Iraq / Violence (S)
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DATE=12/27/2003

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=IRAQ/VIOLENCE (S)

NUMBER=2-311259

BYLINE=CHALLISS McDONOUGH

DATELINE=BAGHDAD

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/// EDS: UPDATE INTRO WITH LATEST CASUALTY FIGURES FROM CN WIRE ///

INTRO: Three large, coordinated attacks in the central Iraqi city of Karbala have killed at least six coalition soldiers and wounded at least 37 more. There is no official word yet on civilian casualties, but some reports put the total number of wounded at more than 100. V-O-A correspondent Challiss McDonough reports from Baghdad.

TEXT: The attacks on coalition military facilities in Karbala came within minutes of each other.

The attackers used car bombs at all three sites. In the deadliest assault, they also launched mortar rounds. Another military camp was hit with two car bombs and small-arms fire. The third coalition base to be hit was located in the same place as an Iraqi police station, and many of the casualties there are believed to be police officers.

It is believed to be the most coordinated, extensive and deadly series of assaults on coalition targets since the capture of Saddam Hussein two weeks ago. News reports from Karbala say the attacks also damaged a local university and a government building, wounding a number of students.

So far military officials have not released the nationalities of the coalition wounded and dead. Karbala is controlled by a multi-national force under Polish command. (Signed)

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