Sunday, November 26, 2006

Mortars hit U.S. military post in Baghdad, police say

Smoke rises from the site of an explosion east of Baghdad on Sunday. A series of explosions rocked the city, with one hitting a U.S. post, according to police, even as fearful civilians kept off the streets on the third day of a curfew.

"Suspected Sunni-Arab insurgents hit a U.S. military post in eastern Baghdad with two mortar rounds Sunday, setting it on fire, police and witnesses said.

A large cloud of black smoke could be seen rising above the Baladiyat area of the capital area at about 3 p.m., but the U.S. military said it could not immediately confirm that its forces were the target of such an attack.

Before the U.S.-led war, Saddam Hussein's General Security department had operated in a building in the area which was later converted into the U.S. military post.

Police Capt. Mohammed Abdul-Ghani said it was not known if any casualties had resulted from the attack because the post was closed to Iraqi security forces. Residents in the neighborhood confirmed the post was hit, speaking on condition of anonymity out of concern for their own security."

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