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Blast triggers shooting in Iraq

The blast, first in the city centre after a week-long Muslim holiday lull, occurred at 8:50 am local time.

world Updated: Jan 16, 2006 15:50 IST

A bomb exploded near a passing convoy of civilian vehicles in central Baghdad on Monday, triggering a shooting spree among nearby US and Iraqi soldiers, an interior ministry official and an

AFP

reporter on the scene said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The explosion, the first in the city centre after a week-long Muslim holiday lull, occurred at 8:50 am local time.

The four-wheel drive cars are frequently used by foreign security workers and diplomats to move around Baghdad.

US forces opened up with machine gun fire, triggering a similar response by nearby Iraqi troops who thought themselves under attack, the official said.

Two helicopters were buzzing over the area of the blast, the reporter said.

A US military spokesman said he was looking into the report of the explosion.

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 12:35 IST