Skip to main content

Attack on Iraqi first lady's convoy wounds soldiers, civilians

  • Story Highlights
  • NEW: Deputy head of Baghdad University killed in drive-by shooting, official says
  • Talabani's wife was going to a festival at Baghdad's National Theater, official says
  • One vehicle in convoy damaged, four bodyguards suffer minor injuries, officials say
  • Police say journalist killed while taking her sick mother to the hospital in Mosul
  • Next Article in World »
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A bomb detonated near the Iraqi first lady's motorcade in downtown Baghdad on Sunday, wounding soldiers and at least two civilians, but the president's wife escaped without injury, officials said.

Security forces inspect the site of a Sunday roadside bomb attack on a convoy carrying the Iraqi first lady.

Hiro Ibrahim Ahmed, the wife of President Jalal Talabani, was heading to the al-Mada cultural festival at Baghdad's National Theater when the bomb struck her motorcade in the central Karrada district.

The bombing targeted an Iraqi army convoy, wounding four soldiers and two civilians, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

The bomb damaged one vehicle in the first lady's convoy and left four of her bodyguards with minor injuries, Talabani's office said.

Also in Baghdad, a double roadside bombing Sunday killed a police officer and wounded eight others, an Interior Ministry official said.

The first bomb exploded near a traffic police patrol. Several people were outside a nearby passport office. When they rushed to the scene of the explosion, a second bomb went off, the ministry official said.

The wounded included four police officers and four civilians, the official said.

Hours later, a drive-by shooting in western Baghdad killed the deputy head of Baghdad University, Ayad Hamza, as he stood outside his house with his two sons, who were wounded in the attack, an Interior Ministry official said.

Attacks in Iraq have claimed the lives of numerous academics and intellectuals, prompting many to flee the country.

Other developments:

• Gunmen shot and killed a local journalist Sunday morning in Mosul after she resisted a kidnapping attempt, a police official said. Tharwa Abdul Wahab, 33, was traveling in a taxi cab to take her sick mother to the hospital when at least two gunmen tried to pull her out of the vehicle in an apparent abduction attempt, police said. When she resisted, they shot her in the head and killed her in front of her mother -- who survived the attack.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will form a committee to document what he calls Iranian "interference" in Iraqi affairs, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Sunday. An Iraqi delegation confronted Iranian officials in Tehran last week with evidence that Iran is smuggling weapons into Iraq and training militants. The Iranians vehemently denied the charges.

• U.S. and Iraqi government forces have dropped leaflets on Sadr City asking residents to turn against "criminal elements" operating out of the Baghdad neighborhood. Residents said the leaflets were dropped on Sadr City late Saturday. One of the leaflets bore a graphic of a militiaman, and said: "The criminals want to destroy our dreams. We bear the responsibility of protecting our families and areas safe from attacks." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq and Jomana Karadsheh contributed to this report.

All About Jalal TalabaniIraq WarBaghdad

  • E-mail
  • Save
  • Print