Bombs rock Baghdad

27 October 2003
At least five bombs were detonated in the capital on 27 October killing about 30 people. The first and largest of the bombs exploded outside the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in central Baghdad. Reports suggest that militants used an ambulance packed with explosives to approach the building and detonated the bomb once inside the compound. At least 10 bodies were taken to a nearby hospital, one of which is that of a foreigner. 'We are deeply shocked... because it is an attack against the ICRC... and that means, of course, a deliberate attack against our protective emblem and against our work,' said ICRC chief spokeswoman Antonella Notari.

In simultaneous incidents in the capital, four other bombs were detonated near police stations in Baghdad. One, an apparent suicide attack in front of a police station in the Shaab district, is reported to have killed four police officers and three civilians (MEED 24:10:03).

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