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Two Powerful Car Bombs Rocked Iraq Today - 2004-07-17


Two powerful car bombs rocked Iraq today (Saturday).

In Baghdad, a car packed with explosives blew up in the path of a convoy carrying Justice Minister Malek Dohan al-Hassan. At least four people -- all believed to be his guards -- were killed in the apparent assassination attempt. A spokesman says the Iraqi minister was not hurt.

The explosion occurred just before 0500 UTC in Baghdad's western Adl district. A number of people also were wounded in the attack.

Elsewhere, witnesses say a car bomb exploded outside the Iraqi National Guard headquarters in the town of Mahmudiya about 30 kilometers south of Baghdad. Iraqi authorities have not released any casualty numbers from that incident.

Friday another car bomb wounded an American soldier in the Iraqi capital. A suicide attack Wednesday near the central Baghdad compound that houses the U.S. Embassy killed 11 people.

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

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