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Militants Target Baghdad With Bomb Attacks

Baghdad, 2 May 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Militants in Iraq detonated three car bombs in the Iraqi capital today, killing at least eight people, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reported.

One of the blasts targeted a convoy transporting Interior Ministry Major General Rashid Fulayh, commander of the
ministry's elite commando unit, the Al-Maghawir Unit. Fulayh and three of his bodyguards were wounded in the attack, RFI reported.

A second bomb attack in the busy Karrada District killed six and injured 12, according to Reuters. Al-Jazeera television reported nine dead and 10 injured. A third attack in the Zayouna District targeted an Iraqi police patrol, killing at least two policemen and injuring 10 others.

Meanwhile, an Australian contractor in Iraq was seen on a videotape aired on Al-Jazeera on 1 May, RFI reported the same day. Douglas Wood, who reportedly lived in California before going to Iraq with his American wife, appealed to the Australian and U.S. governments to secure his release.

His captors, identified as the Iraqi Mujahedin's Shura Council, have demanded that the U.S., U.K., and Australian governments withdraw their forces from Iraq in exchange for Wood's safe release. Australian Prime Minister John Howard has dispatched a rapid response team to help locate Wood, Reuters reported on 2 May, but said he will not allow terrorists to dictate Australian foreign policy.

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