BAGHDAD, April 23 (Xinhua) -- At least 19 Iraqis were
killed and some 35 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a restaurant
on a highway near Ramadi west of Baghdad, local police said.
Reports reaching here from Ramadi quoted local police
as saying that the incident took place at about 2:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) in the
western Ramadi district of al-Taamim while a pickup truck loaded with explosives
and chlorine powder was destroyed in a controlled explosion, causing the grave
Other media reports confirmed the bombing attack, but
gave different figures, saying three car bombs exploded in quick succession in
Ramadi on Monday, killing 15 people and wounding more than 28.
Ramadi, the capital of volatile Anbar province, has
long been a bastion of the Sunni Arab insurgency.
Daily bombings still prevail across the war-torn
Iraq, despite the U.S.-Iraqi forces' crackdown on violence and insurgency in
line with the U.S. new Iraqi plan.
Earlier on Monday, a suicide car bomb struck a police
station in the city of Baquba, 65 km northeast of the Iraqi capital, killing at
least 10 people and wounding more than 20 others, a police source told Xinhua on
condition of anonymity.
Two other suicide attacks also hit a restaurant in
Baghdad and an office of a Kurdish party north of Mosul City in northern
Iraq,killing a total of 12 people and wounding more than 30 others.
BAGHDAD, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Iraqis took to
streets in northern Baghdad neighborhood on Monday to protest the construction
of wall aimed at separating Sunni and Shiite zones in the Iraqi capital.
"The demonstration moved from the Sunni mosque of Abu
Hanifa in Adhamiyah toward the Unter Square in the center of the neighborhood to
protest the construction of a security wall around the neighborhood," a local
police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Full story
LONDON, April 23 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State
Condoleeza Rice has urged Tehran to attend a conference on Iraq scheduled for
May 3-4, saying that it would be a "missed opportunity" if Iran failed to show
In an interview published in Monday's edition of the
Financial Times, Rice said "It will be a missed opportunity if he (the Iranian
foreign minister) doesn't attend, but obviously it's up to the Iranian
government." Full story