A massive car bomb explosion in
central Baghdad, outside the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition, has killed
at least 20 Iraqis and injured scores of others. Two U.S. soldiers were also
reported slightly injured in, what military officials say was a likely suicide
The car bomb exploded near the main entrance leading to the U.S. military and
civilian headquarters in Baghdad.
"At three minutes after eight a vehicle driven by a terrorist detonated just
outside of one of our major checkpoints with approximately 1,000 [450 kilos]
of explosives in the vehicle," said Colonel Ralph Baker, who is responsible
for security in the area.
The attack occurred at a busy time, when Iraqis were lined up at the checkpoint
on their way to work at coalition headquarters.
Witnesses described the devastating scene, with people lying on the ground
after the blast and others trapped in burning cars.
Hours after the bombing, U.S. troops had cordoned off the area and Colonel
Baker said an investigation is under way.