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Attacks target Green Zone and recruitment station

Latest update : 2008-06-08

Two separate attacks on Sunday, targeting Baghdad's Green Zone and a police recruitment station, killed at least seven people and injured two dozen.

Seven people were killed in two attacks in the Iraqi capital on Sunday, including a mortar strike on the highly-fortified Green Zone, Iraqi officials said.

In the deadliest attack, at least four civilians were killed and 23 others wounded in a bombing outside a police recruitment centre in the Al-Yarmuk district of western Baghdad, interior ministry and hospital officials said.

The victims were waiting to sign up to the police force when the bombing took place. Iraq's security forces and police recruits have often been a target of insurgent attacks in the violence-ravaged country.

On Saturday, a suicide bomber had ploughed his vehicle into a police car in the same district, killing a policeman and a civilian and wounding six other people.

Another three people were killed and seven wounded in the mortar attack on the Green Zone, which houses Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies including the US mission.

An interior ministry official said the attack apparently targeted the defence ministry but that the mortar bomb landed at one of the entrances to the zone.

Just over a week ago, a Filipino man was killed and two female compatriots were injured in another mortar attack on the Green Zone.

At least 60 Iraqis have been killed and many more wounded in attacks in Baghdad and other parts of the country so far this month.

Iraqi security authorities had reported a 50 percent drop in the number of Iraqi nationals killed last month to 563 from April.

US military authorities say the decline in violence was due to stepped up operations against militia and insurgents, but that Al-Qaeda operatives still had the ability to stage spectacular strikes.

Date created : 2008-06-08