Gunmen attack health ministry in Baghdad
Heavy clashes broke out between gunmen and guards of the Health Ministry building in north Baghdad.Updated: Nov 23, 2006 18:27 IST
Heavy clashes broke out on Thursday afternoon between gunmen and guards of the Health Ministry building in north Baghdad, security officials said.
State-run Iraqiyah television said the Health Ministry was being attacked with mortars by "terrorists who are intending to control the building.
Iraqi troops were being rushed to the area and all roads leading the ministry in Bab al-Muadham neighbourhood were closed, said the security officials on condition of anonymity for not being authorised to speak to the press.
Health Minister Ali al-Shemari is a follower of radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr whose Mahdi Army militia is blamed for the death of many Sunnis.
First Published: Nov 23, 2006 18:27 IST