Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Polish ambassador wounded in bomb blasts

October 3, 2007

Polish ambassador wounded in Iraq assassination attempt

An Iraqi soldier stands guard at the scene of a bomb attack in Baghdad

(Ceerwan Aziz/Reuters)

A helicopter from the controversial private security firm Blackwater was sent to the scene of the attack

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The Polish Ambassador to Iraq was wounded and one of his security guards killed after three roadside bombs exploded by his convoy in Baghdad today.

At least three more people were wounded, including a Polish guard, in the mid-morning attack, which took place a few hundred meters from the Polish Embassy, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence said. Police sources put the injury toll at between 11 and 14 and said that one civilian passer-by also died.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the Polish Prime Minister, moved quickly to reaffirm his country's commitment to Iraq, saying that Poland would not withdraw its 1,000-strong troop contingent despite the attack.

"Desertion is always the worst option," Mr Kaczynski said. "This is a difficult situation, but those who became engaged and were there for years and then withdraw are making the worst possible mistake."


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