Militants detonated a car bomb at a Baghdad military headquarters on Sunday and then tried to shoot their way into the building, killing eight people and wounding 29 in a brazen morning attack, Iraqi officials said.
Spokesman Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said guards at the eastern Baghdad military command building in the Bab al-Muadham neighborhood opened fire at the car as it came speeding toward the building before exploding.
Immediately after the bomb, gunmen assaulted the headquarters and tried to shoot their way in during a 15 minute firefight with the building’s guards, according to police officials.
Al-Moussawi did not mention the firefight and said only five people, including three soldiers were killed.
Police and hospital officials, however, maintained that eight people died in the attack, including five soldiers. Such discrepancies in the number of dead are usual in the chaotic aftermath of attacks.
Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.