Police searching for 2 car bombs in central Ramadi
2/24/2011 8:26 PM
ANBAR / Aswat al-Iraq: Policemen are intensifying their search for two car bombs in central al-Ramadi city after receiving relevant intelligence tip-offs on Thursday, a local police source said.
“Army and police forces have received tip-offs about two Opel and Kia car bombs driven by two suicide bombers wearing explosive belts,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
“Iraqi forces and local officials in the province have set a financial reward for anyone who would give information about those two cars,” he added.
Earlier, a security source in Ramadi said casualties from Thursday’s suicide bomber attack rose to 13 deaths and 23 wounded.
“Deaths from the Ramadi blast rose to 13, including three policemen, and the wounded to 23, including four policemen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.
“The tally is not final as the wounded were rushed to more than one hospital in Ramadi,” he added.
The al-Ittijah satellite channel correspondent died of wounds he sustained in the deadly blast, a police source said.
“The wounded journalist was admitted into the operation theater in a hospital for a surgery in his abdomen but he died as a result of profuse bleeding,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.
A source in Ramadi police said a suicide bomber with an explosive belt strapped to his chest targeted a gala celebrating the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday in the central part of the city, leaving eight people killed and 12 others, including Deputy Governor of al-Anbar Hikmat Jassem, wounded, in an initial count of casualties.
Ramadi, the capital city of the troubled predominantly Sunni province of al-Anbar, lies 110 km northwest of Baghdad.
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