Fri, Jul 16, 2004 - Page 1 News List

Iraqi PM announces creation of service to stop insurgency

TERROR The new security service was announced as a car bomb exploded near government buildings, while a provincial governor was killed in an ambush


Iraq's government will create a new security service specifically geared toward tackling the nearly 15-month-old insurgency in the country, Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said yesterday.

The new service, the General Security Directorate, "will annihilate those terrorist groups, God willing," Allawi said during a news conference.

Attackers detonated a car bomb near police and government buildings yesterday in the western city of Haditha, killing 10 Iraqis, including three police officers, in the latest in a series of insurgent attacks on Iraqi authorities.

Police apparently thwarted a second attack in Karbala, where officers chased a car after receiving a tip it was filled with explosives. The two people inside detonated their bomb, killing only themselves and causing no other casualties.

The violence came after a suicide attacker in Baghdad killed at least 10 people in a car bombing near Iraqi government headquarters and insurgents assassinated a provincial governor in an ambush of his convoy.

The attack in Haditha, known as a stronghold of former president Saddam Hussein's ousted regime, hit a government complex that houses the police station, civil defense headquarters and the municipal building. In addition to the 10 killed, the blast injured 27 people, said Colonel Adnan Abdel-Rahman, spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

Insurgents detonated a massive car bomb on Wednesday at a checkpoint just outside the so-called Green Zone, former home to the US occupation government and currently home to the Iraqi interim government and the US and British embassies. The blast ripped a deep crater in the road and killed 10 Iraqis, many as they waited in line to apply for jobs with the government, the Health Ministry said. The US military said 11 were killed.

Hours later, insurgents tossed hand grenades and fired machine guns at a convoy transporting Nineveh Governor Osama Youssef Kashmoula, killing him and two of his guards, Iraqi and US military officials said. Mosul is the largest city in Nineveh province.

Kashmoula was attacked between the cities of Beiji and Tikrit north of Baghdad as he traveled to the capital, the US military said. Four of the attackers were killed in the fight, Mosul officials said.

In the attack just outside Karbala yesterday, police chased down insurgents after getting a tip they had a car bomb, said Rahman Mshawi, a spokesman for the Karbala police.

"Finding themselves surrounded, the two persons inside detonated the car," Mshawi said.

In a separate attack early yesterday, a rocket landed on a home in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, killing four people and injuring three others, police and hospital officials said.

A second rocket struck a home in a former army base now used by Kurdish refugees, injuring four people. The targets of the attacks were not immediately clear. Also yesterday, saboteurs damaged oil pipelines at separate sites in Iraq's north and south while insurgents gunned down an officer with the state-run oil company.

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