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Bomb 'bid to assassinate Iraq PM'

A bomb attack in Baghdad's Green Zone earlier this week was an assassination attempt targeting Iraq's prime minister, a military spokesman has said.

Qassim al-Moussawi said the blast on Monday was from a car loaded with explosives which blew up outside an entrance to parliament.

At the time, officials said they did not know if the explosion was the result of rocket or mortar fire into the Green Zone or whether a bomber managed to get inside.

Mr al-Moussawi, however, has now said a bomber parked the vehicle, intending it to go off later when Nouri al-Maliki attended a parliament session. But the premier was not in the area at the time. He said their information was based on confessions from suspects but gave no further proof.

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