Special report: Tension escalates in
BAGHDAD, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Mortar, bomb attacks and gunfire wounded at
least 15 people in and outside the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, an Interior
Ministry source said.
Mortar rounds landing near the Abn al-Nafees Hospital in central Baghdad
wounded seven people, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The attack shattered windows of the hospital and caused damages to the
nearby buildings, the source said.
Separately, the Iraqi security forces traded fire with gunmen in the Nahdha
area before midday, wounding a policeman£¬ the source said citing a police
In addition, a roadside bomb explosion rocked Baghdad's eastern
neighborhood of Zaiyouna, the source said, adding that there was no immediate
word on the exact number of the casualties. Elsewhere, gunmen and the Iraqi
security forces also clashed in the town of Iskandariyah, 50 km south of the
capital, resulted in the wounding of three policemen and four civilians,
including three women, he said.
Earlier, six people were killed and four others wounded in the morning when
two roadside bombs detonated in a quick succession near a bus station on the
al-Qanat Street in Baghdad. Violence persists in Baghdad despite the presence of
tens of thousands of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers across the capital in a major
security crackdown aimed at curbing insurgency and sectarian violence.