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News number: 9107126627

18:50 | 2012-12-12

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Iraq 'Qaeda' Inmate Attempts Prison Suicide Bombing

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Al-Qaeda inmate in a Baghdad prison detonated explosives in an attempted suicide bombing on Wednesday, wounding four people and badly injuring himself, security officials and a prisoner said.



An interior ministry official said an inmate belonging to Al-Qaeda blew himself up in the prison in central Baghdad, wounding three guards and another prisoner, AFP reported.

"The prisoner was able to gather the explosives over a number of days" and apparently formed them into an explosive belt, the official said, without providing details on the source of the explosives.

A police officer confirmed that the bomber survived the blast and was taken to Al-Kindi hospital.

An inmate told AFP by telephone from inside the jail that the bomber tried to approach guards but was unable to do so and blew himself up anyway.