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Several injured in Iraq car bombing

ANKARA, Turkey — A car bomb exploded Tuesday outside an office used by U.S soldiers in northern Iraq, private CNN-Turk television reported. Several people were reported wounded, but it was unclear if Americans were among them.

The wounded included Iraqi Kurdish guards and children from nearby houses. Firefighters were at the scene.

U.S. military officials said they could not immediately confirm the report on CNN-Turk, a local subsidiary of U.S.-based CNN.

A Turkish reporter at the scene said by telephone that the building was partly collapsed and that most of the injured were from nearby houses.

The television footage showed Kurdish women wailing and men running in panic with a burning car behind them. At least one civilian could be seen carrying a wounded child in his arms.

Footage showed the four-wheel-drive vehicle that apparently carried the bomb was intact but badly burned. Its chassis was in one piece.

Authorities in Irbil, administrative capital of Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq about 200 miles north of Baghdad, called to residents over loudspeakers to donate blood for the wounded, CNN-Turk said.

Northern Iraq has been the most stable part of the country since the ouster of Saddam Hussein.