At least 18 killed in police station bombings

24 November 2003
At least 18 people were killed on 22 November in simultaneous car bombings on local police stations in the 'Sunni triangle' in central Iraq. In the first attack, six policemen and three civilians died when militants drove a car packed with explosives into the police station in the village of Khan Bani Saad, some 50 kilometres northeast of Baghdad, confirmed US military sources. In a second incident, a car bomb exploded outside the main police station in Baquba. At least seven policemen and two civilians were killed in the attack.

The two car bombings happened hours after a civilian cargo plane, which was being operated by US express and logistics firm DHL, was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade soon after take-off. The plane landed safely at Baghdad airport. US military officials announced that the incident had forced a temporary suspension of flights into the airport, a claim later denied by Coalition Provisional Authority a spokesman.

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