Deadly attack hits Arabiya TV in Iraq / PHOTO

A suicide bomber killed four people in an attack targeting the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel in Baghdad, Iraqi security officials said.

Deadly attack hits Arabiya TV in Iraq / PHOTO

 

A suicide bomber killed four people on Monday in an attack targeting the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel in Baghdad, Iraqi security officials said.

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The bomber blew up a mini-van he was driving close to the entrance of Arabiya's office in Baghdad's Harithiya district, killing a cleaner and three guards, city security spokesman Major General Qassim al-Moussawi said. Ten people were wounded.

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The Arabiya premises, nearby buildings and several cars were seriously damaged by the blast.

The Dubai-based Arabiya TV also reported four people were killed and said none of them were reporters. The blast wounded at least 16 people, an Interior Ministry source said.

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Lawmaker Salam al-Zobai of the cross-sectarian Iraqiya bloc was among the wounded along with five of his security guards, his spokesman said. Zobai's house was near the blast.

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The attack occurred a few weeks after Iraqi security forces warned that a number of media including foreign outlets such as Arabiya could be targeted by al Qaeda.

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Major General Jihad al-Jabiri, head of the ministry's ordnance department, told Arabiya TV the car was packed with 128 kg (280 pounds) of ammonium nitrate. The blast left a crater in the ground 3.5 metres (7.7 feet) wide and 1.2 (2.6) meters deep, he said.


Reuters

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