Jailbreak attempt #2, and counting
Suicide car bomb hits Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison
The attack came on the heels of another assault Saturday by insurgents who detonated two car bombs and launched mortar rockets at a US base in the prison, wounding 44 soldiers and 12 prisoners.
A suicide bomber driving a tractor blew himself up Monday near the gates of Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad, wounding five Iraqi civilians in the second attack on the prison in 48 hours, officials said.
The attack came as military officials announced that a small riot broke out Friday at Camp Bucca, the other major American detainee camp in Iraq, south of Baghdad.
Twelve detainees and four guards were slightly wounded at Camp Bucca, which houses about 6,000 detainees. Detainees chanted, threw rocks and set several tents on fire before the disturbance was brought under control, American military officials said in a statement.
Camp Bucca, like Abu Ghraib, is close to its maximum capacity, American officials have said. Last week, prison officials discovered two tunnels at Camp Bucca, one of them 600 feet long, dug by prisoners in a failed attempt to escape.
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In the first attack on Abu Ghraib, on Saturday, a force of between 40 and 60 insurgents began a coordinated assault on the prison using suicide car bombs, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. No American service members were killed in the attack, which lasted two hours, but 23 were wounded, 16 of them slightly, military officials said Sunday. Thirteen detainees at the prison were also wounded in the assault, which appears to have been an effort to break the prisoners out.
It sure looks like someone important is being held at Abu Ghraib, and his fellow terrorists are trying to get him out. John Batchelor doesn’t think it’s Al-Zarqawi.
So the question remains, who could it be?
BTW, if you were looking for this story in the NYT, good luck. I did a search and came out empty.