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Insurgent Attacks In Baghdad Kill At Least 26


http://gdb.rferl.org/B1E56414-60C9-45CC-B053-A9A5F82F4BE2_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/B1E56414-60C9-45CC-B053-A9A5F82F4BE2_mw800_mh600.jpg Women crying near the site of a car-bomb attack outside a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad 3 December 2004 -- Two separate attacks today by insurgents in Iraq have killed at least 26 people.

A suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a Shi'ite mosque in northern Baghdad's Adhamiya district, killing 14 people and injuring 19 others.

The other attack targeted a police station. Insurgents fired mortars at the police station in southwestern Baghdad then stormed the compound, killing 12 policemen and freeing some 50 prisoners.

An Islamist website later carried a statement in which a group linked to Jordanian-born al-Qaida operative Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The authenticity of the claim could not be immediately verified.

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer made an unannounced visit to Iraq today, reportedly to visit NATO instructors who are in that country to train members of Iraq's armed forces.

(Reuters/AP/AFP)

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