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Car bomb targets Baghdad governor
Updated: 2004-09-07 16:42

An explosion targeted the Baghdad governor's convoy as he was traveling through the capital Tuesday, killing two people but leaving him uninjured, the Interior Ministry said.

Policemen stand by a civilian car that was damaged after a roadside bomb, which was targeting Baghdad's Governor Ali al-Haidri's convoy as he was traveling through the capital , went off in Baghdad, Iraq Tuesday Sept. 7, 2004. Al-Haidri survived the attempt but the explosion killed two persons and injured several others. [AP]

Gov. Ali al-Haidri said that three of his bodyguards were hurt in the attack in the east Baghdad neighborhood of Hay al-Adel.

"The people behind this attack want to hurt Iraq and to hinder the progress in this country," he said.

Earlier, Interior Ministry spokesman Col. Adnan Abdel Rahman said that a car bomb caused the blast, but al-Haidri said it was a roadside bomb.

Gunmen opened fire on the convoy seconds before the explosion, Rahman said, in an apparent attempt to force the convoy off the road in the direction of the bomb.

Witnesses said one vehicle was damaged and that several bloodied bodies were lying on the road.

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