Wednesday, January 19, 2005

car bomb kills 26 in Bghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least four car bombs exploded in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 26 people and wounding 21, the U.S. military said.
The military said a car bomb attack near the Australian embassy killed two Iraqis. A car bomb near a hospital half an hour later killed 18, including five Iraqi police, it said.

A third car bomb killed two Iraqi security guards near Baghdad's international airport, and a fourth killed two civilians and two Iraqi soldiers at a military complex in Baghdad.

The U.S. military said the loss of life could have been worse if security forces had not responded so quickly.

"All of these car bombers were stopped by security forces before they could reach their intended targets," said Lieutenant-Colonel James Hutton of the 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad. "While the any loss of life is tragic, it could have been a lot worse."