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Al-Qaida-link group may have been bombers

Aug. 7, 2003 at 10:01 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- An al-Qaida-related terrorist group may have been involved in a bloody bomb attack on the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad, senior U.S. defense officials told the Voice of America.

The Ansar al-Islam terrorist group may have had a hand in Thursday's deadly car bombing in Baghdad, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Norton Schwartz, said the Bush admistration has said the group has links to and support from al-Qaida. Schwartz is the operations director on the military's Joint Staff, and he spoke to reporters in Washington about the bombing.

The blast outside the Jordanian Embassy killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens. Five Iraqi police officers guarding the embassy were reportedly among the dead.

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