Baghdad blast kills Iraqi army general

AFP , Wednesday 9 Mar 2011

A roadside bomb in Baghdad kills a senior military official and wounded others

A roadside bomb attack in east Baghdad killed an Iraqi army general on Wednesday while violence across the capital left 13 others wounded, security officials said.

Brigadier General Taha Ahmed Samir, head of training for Iraq's nascent air force, was killed when a military convoy he was in was hit by the blast in Al-Kanat street, an interior ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Two other soldiers were wounded in the explosion.

Elsewhere in Baghdad, a blast in the Karradat Mariam neighbourhood on the edge of the heavily-fortified Green Zone, left five people wounded, the official said.

He added that another explosion in Baab al-Muadham, central Baghdad, wounded four.

And on Palestine street, in the capital's east, a policeman and a civilian were wounded by a bomb, said a police official who did not want to be named.

Violence has dropped dramatically across Iraq since its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common, especially in Baghdad. A total of 197 Iraqis were killed as a result of violence nationwide last month.

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