Car bomb strikes at Baghdad office of Al-Arabiya satellite channel

Baghdad–Authorities in Baghdad say at least six people were killed early today when a suicide bomber driving a minibus blew himself up in front of the office of a popular Arabic language satellite news channel.

An Iraqi military spokesman says the bomber apparently was waved through a checkpoint at Al-Arabiya television after security guards checked his identification. He says Iraqi officials had previously found al-Qaida documents indicating the militant group planned to target Arabic news channels in the country and the channel had been told.

The spokesman says killed were three guards, a driver, a passer-by and a cleaning person, in addition to the 16 people wounded.

An Al-Arabiya correspondent says the blast left a massive crater.

Al-Arabiya is one of the most popular Arabic news stations, but has been viewed by militants in Iraq as too pro-Western.

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