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Blast hits Baghdad police HQ

A suspected car bomb has exploded outside the police headquarters in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing one Iraqi police officer and injuring about 14 other officers and civilians. The building houses the office of US-appointed Baghdad police chief Hassan Ali, who was not there at the time, and is next to the interior ministry and police academy. Correspondents say the latest violence heightens the climate of insecurity in the country caused by a spate of devastating car bomb attacks, general lawlessness and almost daily assaults on coalition forces. Reports said the building was not extensively damaged although some cars went up in flames. It has also been disclosed that two US military police officers were killed and one wounded on Monday when their vehicle hit an explosive device on a road in southern Baghdad. Witnesses say a large explosion rocked the Rasafa district of the city shortly after 1100 (0700 GMT), igniting a large fire and sending black smoke billowing into the sky. Full Story

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