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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 January, 2004, 11:23 GMT
Two die in 'botched' Tikrit blast
There has been an explosion in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a bomb went off inside a car, killing two Iraqis.

Another Iraqi man in the vehicle was seriously injured.

The Americans said it appeared that the men had been planning to attack a US patrol, but their bomb had gone off prematurely.

A military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell, said the car - a white Mercedes - was believed to have been used in previous attacks against the US-led coalition forces, including one in December in which three American soldiers were wounded.

One report says one of the men killed was a relative of the former Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein.

In another incident, in the south of the country, two British soldiers in Basra received minor injuries when a small roadside bomb exploded as their patrol was passing.

From the Newsroom of the BBC World Service.



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