23 March 2005 (RFE/RL) -- A bomb planted outside a primary school in the Ali Salih area of the Al-Iskan neighborhood of Baghdad detonated on 23 March, killing two people and wounding several others, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reported.
RFI's Baghdad correspondent Jumana al-Ubaidi was interviewing police that had arrived on the scene to defuse the bomb when the device exploded.
Police had closed off the neighborhood at around 1 p.m. after residents discovered the bomb in the street outside the school.
As al-Ubaidi asked Police First Lieutenant Ali about the unfolding incident, the bomb detonated, killing one police officer, a sapper, and wounding three others.
An unidentified civilian on the scene said that the sapper killed in the attack had tried to defuse the bomb, but apparently failed. On his second attempt, the bomb detonated.