April 6th, 2007 13:58 EST
Suicide Vehicle Detonates outside Police Checkpoint
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – Twelve Iraqi civilians were killed and 43 were injured including one policeman after a suicide truck bomber detonated a vehicle suspected of containing chlorine in western Ramadi at approximately 11 a.m. today.
The attack occurred when a white truck approached an Iraqi Police checkpoint in the Ta’meem district of Ramadi at a high rate of speed. The police standing guard attempted to signal the driver, but he did not stop, forcing the officers to engage the vehicle with small arms fire.
It is unclear whether the police gunfire caused the vehicle to explode or if the driver detonated it.
Coalition Forces arrived after the explosion to assist in the medical evacuation and set up security around the blast site.
The injured were evacuated to a local hospital as well as Coalition medical facility for initial treatment.
Urgent casualties were further evacuated to a larger military facility for more extensive care.
Ramadi citizens search for trapped people after a truck bomb exploded near an Iraqi Police checkpoint and apartment complex.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070406-34
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342