Car Bombs Kill Dozens Near Baghdad Bus Station, Hospital
By Staff Sgt. Craig Zentkovich, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 17, 2005 Terrorists carried out multiple suicide car-bomb attacks here Aug. 17.
Buses parked near a terminal in central Baghdad, Iraq, were destroyed by two car bombs at 7:50 a.m. Aug. 17. U.S. Army photo
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The first part of the attack involved a car bomb that detonated at a bus terminal in downtown Baghdad at 7:50 a.m. Ten minutes later, as Iraqi police arrived at the scene, a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle outside the terminal, which is a main transit station for Iraqis heading north and south.
Casualties from both attacks were taken to al-Kindi hospital. At 8:45 a.m., a third car bomb was detonated at the hospital.
Thirty-two Iraqi civilians and six Iraqi police are confirmed to have been killed, and at least 68 civilians were wounded in the terrorist attacks, Capt. Eeba, a civil affairs officer with 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, reported.
"This particular incident, where terrorists deliberately target civilians, emergency responders and hospitals, defines crimes against humanity -- period. The Iraqi people have seen once again that the terrorists have no regard for human life," said U.S. Army Col. Joseph DiSalvo, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. "These heinous attacks will only strengthen the resolve of the Iraqi people and Iraqi security forces in their fight against the terrorists."
(Army Staff Sgt. Craig Zentkovich is assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team.)