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Iyad Allawi (file photo) 14 July 2004 -- Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has said at least 10 Iraqis were killed and at least others 40 wounded in a suspected car-bomb attack in central Baghdad today.

Allawi made the statement while visiting the site of the blast, just outside the main entrance to the Green Zone, the headquarters of the Iraq's new interim government.

He said three of the dead were Iraqi National Guardsmen and the remainder were civilians.

Our correspondent in Baghdad said he felt the force of the blast as he stood at least two kilometers away.

Insurgents have frequently fired mortars and rockets toward the zone and car bombs have been detonated at entrances to the area. In May, the then head of Iraq's Governing Council was killed in a suicide car bomb attack as he was entering the zone.

(AFP/AP/Reuters)
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