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January 29, 2005
Car Bombing In Western Baghdad

The first reports of an attack have come in at the 90-minute mark. Fox News reports on its televised coverage that a polling station in western Baghdad has suffered a suicide car bombing. They're crediting Reuters for the report, which says that it resulted in one casualty, an Iraqi policeman.

More when I get a wire report.

UPDATE: Fox News reports "multiple blasts" in central Baghdad.

UPDATE II: The first explosion appears to have come from the Monsour area, which according to the Fox News expert houses some ambassadors and VIPs. The attack apparently occurred at the checkpoint and not the polling station itself -- which tends to give confidence that the security arrangements have made the elections safer.

UPDATE III: Some link love. Slant Point's Scott Sala is up late and writing with his usual panache. Brant at SWLiP weighs in on the Andrew Sullivan-Mickey Kaus feud with a lengthy and meaty swipe at Sullivan (and well-deserved; John Cole joins in with an old-fashioned fisking). Friends of Democracy promises to be the clearinghouse for blog coverage, so don't miss it.

UPDATE IV: One empty polling station was leveled by one of the explosions. The other, the Mansour bombing, was a walk-up suicide bomber who killed one Iraqi Army troop and wounded four other Iraqi security personnel. No civilians were wounded in that attack.

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