Journalist evades car blast, policeman dies in bomb attack

Other News Materials 9 September 2008 19:12 (UTC +04:00)

The Baghdad bureau chief for Arabic television newscaster al-Arabiya escaped an attempted car bomb attack in Baghdad on Tuesday, the channel has said, dpa reported.

Jawad al-Hattab, chief correspondent for the Dubai-based station was due to travel to work on Tuesday when a device was found in his car by his driver.

The bomb exploded before police arrived, but no one was hurt in the blast.

Journalists, along with soldiers and police have one of the most hazardous professions in Iraq. Al-Arabiya, a popular satellite news channel across the Arab world, has already lost employees in Iraq violence. In October 2006 six people were killed in a car-bomb attack on its offices in Baghdad.

Also on Tuesday, a policeman was killed and three others injured when a roadside bomb exploded in the northern Iraqi province of Salaheddin, the Voices of Iraq news agency reported.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi parliament returned from its one-month summer recess with a heavy legislative workload in the offing. Key forthcoming items include the much-delayed provincial elections bill, the oil bill and the planned US-Iraq security agreement.