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6 killed, 11 hurt in Iraq blast

The blast happened shortly before 10 am in northern Baghdad and was followed by clashes between gunmen and US soldiers.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 16:01 IST

A car bomb blast targeting a US military patrol killed six Iraqi civilians and wounded 11 others on Thursday, police said.

Maj Moussa Abdul Karim said the explosion happened shortly before 10 am in northern Baghdad's Shula neighbourhood and was followed by clashes between gunmen and US soldiers that lasted about 10 minutes before the militants fled in three cars.

The apparent target was the passing US patrol, but six Iraqi civilians were killed and 11 more wounded, Abdul Karim said.

Another car bomb exploded as an Iraqi patrol passed in Baghdad's Karradah neighbourhood, killing one policeman and wounding three bystanders, police said.

In the northern city of Kirkuk, gunmen killed an Iraqi Army captain and his driver as they were heading to work, said police Capt Firhad Talabani.

A local government member, Khalid Ibrahim Ali, was seriously wounded after being shot by drive-by gunmen in western Baghdad's Baiyaa neighbourhood, police said.

Armed men wounded a Jordanian Embassy driver as he left his house in Amariyah, western Baghdad, police said.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 14:57 IST