Semi-Truck Aimed for U.S. Combat Outpost Prematurely Explodes in Northweast Baghdad

WED JUN 04 2008 — A tractor-trailer loaded with Shiite militia rockets, and intended for a U.S. combat outpost 700 yards away, accidentally exploded in a densely populated area of northeast Baghdad, killing 18 people and wounding 75, the U.S. military said. It was the deadliest explosion in Baghdad in more than two months.

Shiite extremists were positioning a large truck of loaded with rockets and mortars, when it mistakenly exploded.