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Suicide bomber hits Baghdad's Green Zone
A suicide car bomber attacked a U.S. military checkpoint at an entrance to Baghdad's Green Zone government and diplomatic compound Monday, a year to the day after U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein.
"A suicide bomber hit Checkpoint 12. It's pretty ugly," a U.S. officer told Reuters.
An Iraqi police source said the suicide bomber was in a car.
Reuters journalists at the scene saw smoke pouring from the area, which had been sealed off by U.S. troops. Helicopters were circling overhead.
The blast, at 9:00 a.m. (0600 GMT), just when many Iraqis would be going to work in the Zone, shook buildings across central Baghdad.