Selvmordsbomberen styrte mot en politipost, men de oppdaget ham og skjøt. Han vrengte da på rattet og kjørte i stedet inn i en boligblokk med klorinbomben.
Twenty people were killed and 30 wounded in Ramadi today when a suicide bomber detonated a truck loaded with explosives and chlorine gas near a residential complex, police said. Another 50 had trouble breathing after the attack.
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The truck was headed toward a police checkpoint, but when policemen opened fire, the bomber veered toward the residential complex nearby and detonated the explosives, police said. Women and children were among those killed and wounded.
It was the sixth chlorine bomb detonated in the Anbar province in the last two months and the most lethal, though it is unclear if the victims were killed by the explosion or the chlorine. The Anbar province is a stronghold of the Sunni insurgency, and a haven for al-Qaeda.
There has been fierce fighting in the area between tribes that support Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia and those who oppose it and are beginning to work more closely with the government. In the past two months, there have been assassinations and bomb attacks on the tribes opposing Al Qaeda.