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10 Iraqis Dead, Dozens Wounded in 2 Suicide Bombings - 2004-02-19


Two suicide truck bombings near a Polish military base south of Baghdad have killed at least 10 Iraqis and wounded dozens of people, including a number of coalition troops.

Coalition officials say two trucks loaded with explosives approached the gates of Camp Charlie near the town of Hillah early Wednesday. Guards fired at the vehicles, apparently causing one vehicle to explode. The second truck blew up after it hit a concrete wall.

Polish officials say the wounded soldiers are from Poland, Hungary, the Philippines and the United States.

In another development, U.S. military officials say troops arrested seven people with possible links to the al-Qaida terrorist network in Baquba, about 60 kilometers northeast of Baghdad.

Fifteen other people were also detained during the raid.

Meanwhile, diplomats in the United States say U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan could release parts of his report on Iraqi elections as early as today (Thursday). The portions made public are expected to say that elections cannot be held before the U.S. led coalition transfers sovereignty on June 30th.

But Mr. Annan is expected to delay making recommendations on what type of caretaker government should take over at that point.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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