At least eleven people have been reported killed in attacks on an Iraqi police
station, a U.S. military convoy, and a Spanish air force sergeant.
Driving a 1991 white Oldsmobile sedan, packed with explosives, a suicide
bomber entered the front gate of the police station in Baghdad's Sadr City
neighborhood. When the driver failed to obey demands to stop, Iraqi police
opened fire on the vehicle, detonating an explosion that could be heard several
According to U.S. and Iraqi officials, the dead included Iraqi police officers,
as well as several civilians who were painting the outside of the police station.
Several other people were wounded.
Iraqi police say there was a large crowd of people near the station when the
vehicle exploded. The blast occurred as police were heading to the station to
collect their monthly paychecks.
Shortly after the blast dozens of U.S. military troops, using their vehicles
and barbed wire, cordoned off the area, as several hundred Iraqi citizens rushed
to the scene to see what had happened.
Several other Iraqi police stations have been attacked since the conclusion
of major combat operations to oust Saddam Hussein. Loyalist followers of the
former dictator are accused of targeting Iraqis they perceive to be working
with the U.S.-led coalition.
Meanwhile, a U.S. soldier was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack
on a military convoy about 65 kilometers northeast of Baghdad near the town
of Baquba. The U.S. military says 92 American soldiers have been killed by
hostile fire since May 1.
In another incident, a Spanish air force sergeant was killed by gunfire,
as he was leaving his home. The sergeant, Jose Antonio Bernal, was attached
to the embassy in Baghdad. Spain also has about 1300 troops in Iraq.