Wikinews Shorts: April 6, 2007

A compilation of brief news reports for Friday, April 6, 2007.

Chlorine bomb in Ramadi, Iraq

Ramadi with the prominent mosque in center
Ramadi with the prominent mosque in center

In Ramadi, Iraq, a truck loaded with explosives and chlorine gas exploded when an apparent suicide bomber drove the truck toward a checkpoint. The police opended fire and the truck veered toward a residential complex where it detonated. At least 20 people were killed and scores more injured.

It is the sixth chlorine bomb in the Anbar region in the last two months.


President of Afghanistan admits talks with Taliban

Hamid Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged in a press conference that the Afghan government has been in talks with Taliban militants about a peaceful reconciliation for the war-striken country.

Karzai also ruled out any further deals with the Taliban to free Afghans or foreigners kidnapped by insurgents.

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EU lawyer warns about war crimes in Somalia

Location of Somalia

A European Union lawyer has sent a warning letter to the European Commission, warning that Ethiopian and Somalian government troops may have committed war crimes. The allegation is that under the AMISOM commander, civilians were attacked. The EU could be at risk of being seen as complicit, if it does not act to stop abuses, because it is providing funding to the Somali government.