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Iraq prison convoy ambush kills 60 as UN chief visits

Published on Jul 24, 2014 7:05 PM
 
 A man walks past a burnt bus in Taji, north of Baghdad on Thursday, July 24, 2014. An onslaught on a convoy transferring inmates north of Baghdad left dozens dead on Thursday, as visiting UN chief Ban Ki Moon said Iraq's survival hinged on a more inclusive government. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BAGHDAD (AFP) - An onslaught on a convoy transferring inmates north of Baghdad left dozens dead on Thursday, as visiting UN chief Ban Ki Moon said Iraq's survival hinged on a more inclusive government.

Most of the 60 killed in the spectacular pre-dawn ambush were prisoners convicted of terrorism charges being transferred from Taji prison, barely 25km north of the capital.

Explosions from the attack were heard in some neighbourhoods of Baghdad, where UN chief Ban Ki Moon landed Thursday on an unscheduled stop in his Middle East tour.

"At least 60 people, prisoners and policemen, were killed in a suicide attack followed by several IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and shooting," an interior ministry official told AFP.

 
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