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Car Bomb Rocks Baghdad Police Station

October 9, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ An apparent suicide car bomber hit a police station in northeast Baghdad Thursday morning and police said there were many casualties, dead among them.

Police Maj. Majid Abdel-Hameed said the car was a white Oldsmobile. The driver drove through the police compound gate, was fired at by officers and then detonated the bomb at 9:30 a.m. local time.

The Al-Jazeera satellite broadcaster reported seven people killed.

Police Col. Muthana Hussein said there were at least 20 casualties. A dozen of ambulances raced toward the facility in the Shiite Muslim slum known as Sadr City. The attack happened just as policemen were lining up in the courtyard of the facility for the morning role call.

There were many mangled police cars at the bomb site and much debris in the big courtyard in front of the one-story building.

Scores of U.S. soldiers surrounded the building in Humvees.

A mosque near the scene was blaring warnings to the thousands of residents who had gathered at the station to leave the area for fear of a second booby-trapped car.