guard employed by the state-run daily newspaper was killed when an explosive-packed
car detonated in the building's garage at about 8:30 a.m. The blast killed
another, unidentified person, injured 20 others, and caused severe damage to
the newspaper building in
CPJ sources said at least 25 cars belonging to the paper were destroyed; Reuters reported that two cars were blown though one wall of the paper's building. The newspaper's production department and the offices of magazine, an publication housed in the same building, were extensively damaged, according to CPJ sources.
Insurgents have frequently targeted and other state-run media because of their ties to the U.S.-supported Iraqi government. Insurgents have killed at least 16 state media employees since 2004, and the offices of and other state-run media outlets have repeatedly come under attack.