NPR’s Baghdad team targeted in car bomb attack

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NPR’s Baghdad-based reporting team narrowly escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday. After conducting interviews and having lunch with their two Iraqi drivers in a kebab shop, correspondent Ivan Watson and producer/translator Ali Hamdani were returning to their parked car when Iraqi soldiers intercepted them and pulled one of the drivers away from the vehicle. The armored BMW, which had been planted with a so-called “sticky” bomb, exploded into flames. Multimedia reporting on the incident, including video, photos and Watson’s reportage for NPR, are here.

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