Rush Hour Terror Attack in Iraq
By K.L. Vantran
A white pickup
truck carrying about 1 ton of military grade explosives detonated
shortly after 8 a.m. during Sunday’s morning rush hour near the
entrance to the headquarters. At least 20 people were killed,
and at least 60 more were injured. Officials believe most of the
dead were Iraqi citizens, but Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy
director of operations for Combined Joint Task Force 7, said two
Americans may have been killed by the blast.
indications that some of those that were killed were American
citizens — U.S. contractors," he said. "We believe
the current number at two. We’re waiting for firmer confirmation."
that the coalition’s efforts will not abate. "We will continue
our operations," said the general. "We will continue
the pace of our operations. We will continue to kill or capture
anti-Iraqi and anti-coalition elements throughout the country
as long as we are here."
In a statement
released on the Coalition Provisional Authority’s Web site, Ambassador
L. Paul Bremer III mourned the "innocent victims" but
affirmed that the plan to hand over authority to Iraqis remains
on course. Bremer, the CPA administrator, called today’s bombing
another clear indication of the murderous and cynical intent of
terrorists to undermine freedom, democracy and progress in Iraq,"
he said. "They will not succeed."
said the attack, which took place at the height of rush hour in
Baghdad, was "clearly timed to claim the maximum possible
number of innocent victims. Once again, it is innocent Iraqis
who have been murdered by these terrorists in a senseless act
of violence. I share the deep outrage of my Iraqi friends and
colleagues at this tragic and inexcusable loss of life. I pass
my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those murdered."
the coalition’s determination to work for a stable and democratic
future for this country is undiminished.
plan to hand over remaining authority to a new Iraqi government
in July this year remains unchanged," he added.
coalition is doing all it can to assist the Iraqi security and
emergency services in dealing with the aftermath of this terrorist
attack," he continued. "Many of the Iraqi wounded are
being treated in a nearby coalition military hospital, and will
be given the best care available."
Bremer Mourns "Tragic and Inexcusable Loss of Life."
In a statement on the car bomb of January 18th, Ambassador Bremer
mourned the "innocent victims" but he affirmed that
the plan to hand over authority to Iraqis remains on course.
terrorist bombing in Baghdad, which killed at least 16 Iraqi citizens,
is an outrage – another clear indication of the murderous and
cynical intent of terrorists to undermine freedom, democracy and
progress in Iraq. They will not succeed.