Conflicting Reports About Ramadi Explosion
Posted on Feb 27, 2007
Breaking story: The BBC originally reported the deaths of at least 18 Iraqi boys who were lining up to play football today in Ramadi. However, the BBC story has apparently changed: The headline now reads “Confusion over Iraq soccer blast,” and the article cites an American official who claims that U.S. troops carried out a “controlled explosion” near a football field in the volatile western city.
Original post (10:35 a.m.):
A car bomb claimed the lives of 18 Iraqi boys who were lining up to play a game of football today in Ramadi, a hotbed of insurgent activity toward the west of the country, and the body count may still rise. Another 20 children were reportedly injured in the explosion, which follows Saturday’s deadly bombing by a Sunni mosque near the city.
Iraqi officials said 18 people, most of them children, had been killed in a blast near a football pitch.
Later an American spokesman told Reuters news agency that US forces had carried out a controlled explosion in Ramadi, also close to a football field.
The official said there were injuries, but no deaths. It is not clear if both reports refer to the same incident.
Iraqi police said most of the victims were aged 10 to 15 and had gathered to play football when a bomb went off.