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Mortar Attack Kills 7 Inmates at Baghdad Prison

By VOA News
10 December 2007

Iraqi officials say mortar shells have struck a government-run prison in Baghdad, killing seven prisoners.

At least 23 people were reported wounded in the Monday attack, including some policemen.

In another development, the U.S. military says an oil refinery fire in Baghdad Monday was the result of an industrial accident, not a mortar attack as Iraqi officials had initially reported.

The military says U.S. soldiers who arrived at the Doura refinery in southern Baghdad determined that a pipe explosion caused the fire.

It says Iraqi emergency workers and coalition forces were getting the fire under control.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said today that U.S. and Iranian experts will hold another round of talks on Iraq's security situation on December 18.

No date has been set for a higher-level meeting between the U.S. and Iranian ambassadors in Baghdad.

U.S. and Iranian officials have met three times this year in the Iraqi capital, but the talks ended inconclusively with each side blaming the other for Iraq's violence. The U.S.-Iran meetings ended a freeze in diplomatic relations that lasted 27 years.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.



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