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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Baghdad Bomb Misses Target, Kills 10

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An explosives-laden truck speeding toward a police station collided with a bus at an intersection before dawn Wednesday, killing at least 10 Iraqis amid a surge of violence since the weekend arrest of Saddam Hussein.

Twenty people were injured in the attack in al-Bayaa, a poor district in southwest Baghdad, hospital officials said. Ahmed Kadhim Ibrahim, deputy interior minister, said the dead were Iraqis, and that the truck driver had planned to strike the police station.

The charred, crumpled bus lay in the intersection after the blast. Body parts were scattered in the area. A pink plastic sandal was left in the street. Two cars nearby were destroyed.

U.S. soldiers arrived and took photographs of the shattered remains of the truck.

"I was leaving home when I heard an explosion and saw cars burning at al-Bayaa intersection," said Ahmed Ayyoub, a 23-year bus driver.

"I ran to the place to see if there were people injured. There were lots of human remains on the sidewalks and we started collecting them," he said. The rescue effort was more difficult because it was still dark at the time of the blast, he said.

Suicide bombers have frequently targeted Iraqi police stations in strikes at what they view as collaborators with the U.S.-led occupation authorities.

The coalition scored a major victory over the weekend with Hussein's capture. But violence has continued in predominantly Sunni areas west and north of Baghdad, once Hussein's power base, as his loyalists react to the detention.

On Wednesday, a member of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council said the U.S. military is holding Hussein in the Baghdad area. U.S. officials have previously confirmed that the former dictator was at an undisclosed location in Iraq.

"He is still in greater Baghdad," said council member Mouwafak al-Rubaie. "Maybe he will stay there until he stands trial."

Al-Rubaie spoke at a news conference where council members issued a statement asking for Iraqis to seek reconciliation following the capture of Hussein. The council has established a war crimes tribunal and hope to try Hussein for human rights abuses. Council member Adnan Pachachi said that "all stages of the trial will be public."

The bomb in Baghdad followed other bombs earlier this week in the city, as well as ambushes by Hussein loyalists of a U.S. patrol in Samarra, the storming of the office of a U.S.-backed mayor in Fallujah and battles with American troops in Ramadi.

The 4th Infantry Division and Iraqi forces started a new series of raids, dubbed Operation Ivy Blizzard, on Wednesday in Samarra.