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Gunmen kill 2 foreigners, seize 3 in Baghdad
Updated: 2004-05-31 08:54

Gunmen attacked three civilian vehicles carrying foreigners in northwest Baghdad Sunday, killing two Westerners and seizing three others, witnesses and police at the scene said.

A video still shows Iraqi children watching as two civilian vehicles burn after being set ablaze by locals May 30, 2004 in northwest Baghdad. [Reuters]

Two of the four-wheel-drive vehicles, of the type used by foreign contractors, employees of the U.S.-led administration and some media in Iraq, appeared to have collided after coming under fire on a main highway, and two bodies could be seen.

Locals and police said the attackers had dragged away three survivors of the attack. Their fate was unknown.

In one of the cars, a dark-colored sports utility vehicle, both front airbags had inflated and were stained red with blood. Bloodstains were also soaked into the back seat.

Nearby, a white four-wheel-drive vehicle had its front staved in by the force of the collision.

After the attack, locals set the two vehicles ablaze, and later shooting erupted between gunmen and police at the scene.

In April, dozens of foreigners were taken hostage on Baghdad's highways. Most were released, but some are still being held and at least two were killed.

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