Baghdad hotel bombed

13 October 2003
A car bomb killed at least six and injured scores more in central Baghdad on 12 October. The explosion happened when suicide bombers drove a car at speed toward the Baghdad Hotel and tried to run through the hotel checkpoint and parking lot. 'A car tried to negotiate its way in but had no proper credentials,' said US Army official Peter Mansoor. 'When it didn't stop [Iraqi police] opened fire - The driver ignited the bomb and there was an explosion 20 metres inside the checkpoint and 100 metres from the hotel.' The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer condemned the attack and said that those responsible would be brought to justice. US officials and members of the Iraqi interim governing council use the hotel as a base.

In a separate attack in northern Iraq, one US soldier was killed when his vehicle detonated a landmine on 12 October, announced a military spokesman. The latest death brings to 326 the number of US servicemen killed in Iraq since the beginning of military operations in the country (MEED 9:10:03).

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