7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

Bomb found in Baghdad green zone

AMERICAN forces have found and disarmed a bomb planted inside the Baghdad's heavily fortified international zone, seat of the Iraqi government.

Crack US paratroops found the powerful explosive device outside a school within the area - also known as the green zone.

The bomb was made with a 155 anti-tank shell - a favourite insurgent weapon - and could have killed scores if it had been triggered when children were arriving for classes.

Locations inside the green zone are seen as a prime target for rebels in the run-up to this month's elections.

A successful attack would prove they can strike anywhere in Iraq. The threat is seen as so serious that 82nd Airborne - the US' prime strategic force - was brought in to do a job normally done by less highly-trained regular soldiers. The decision to send in the force came after 10 people were killed when insurgents carried explosives into the zone last October, detonating two deadly bombs.

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