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Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb Kills 16

15 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Authorities say a suicide car-bomb attack in southern Baghdad today has killed at least 16 Iraqis, 10 of them police officers.

An Interior Ministry official says the attack in the Dura district on a police patrol also injured 13 police officers and eight civilians.

On 14 September, a series of suicide attacks killed more than 150 people. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility, saying the blasts were to avenge comrades recently killed by U.S. and Iraqi forces in the northern town of Tal Afar.

Today's attack comes one day after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, declared what he said is an "all-out war" against Iraq's Shi'ites.

Officials are concerned the violence may disrupt an 15 October national referendum on a draft constitution. The document is opposed by many Sunnis, a minority group that controlled the country under Saddam Hussein before he was ousted in March 2003 by U.S.-led forces.


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