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Dozens Killed In Explosion Near Iraqi Police Station

Iskandariya, 10 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A car bomb today killed about 50 people at a police station near Baghdad in one of the deadliest attacks on Iraqis working with U.S. occupation forces.

The bomb exploded as hundreds of civilians were at a police station in Iskandariya, 40 kms south of Baghdad, to fill in job applications.

U.S. Army Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, the coalition deputy operations chief, told a news conference in Baghdad the car bomb was massive.

"This morning, coalition forces reported a car bomb, with approximately 500 pounds [225 kilograms] of explosives, detonated at the Iskandariya police station, south of Baghdad." Kimmitt said it is too early to say who is responsible and that it was unclear whether the blast was triggered by a suicide driver.

Earlier today, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the house of a tribal leader in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, injuring four bodyguards.

In a separate development, a spokesman for the U.S. provisional authority in Iraq today said former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is in good health but is not cooperating with U.S. interrogators.

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