Bomb-A-Tron™, anyone?


It’s so true, and in fact, that site really encompasses why I don’t read the latest wire copies of bombings in Iraq. It’s the same, repetitive, uncreative copy-and-paste wording. Copy editors … the new journalists!

(For those curious, here’s my Bomb-A-Thon™ generated wire copy.)

Car Bomb Attack in Baquba kills 3

By Doug Mehus

Associated Press

Saturday, January 29, 2005; 10:34 PM

In Baquba today, explosives packed in a car detonated at a police checkpoint, killing 3 police officers and injuring 15, witnesses said.

US troops and tanks sealed off the area, which was strewn with parts of flaming wreckage and human remains.

The driver of the Toyota Land Cruiser slammed his bomb-laden car into a pickup truck that was used to block the gate leading to the police checkpoint and detonated the load of explosives, said policeman Mustafa Ibrahim.

The blast was extremely powerful, hurling the body of one of the police officers more than 75 yards, witnesses said.

“I heard the explosion, and it shattered glass everywhere,” said Faruz, a 26-year-old baker. “I saw cars burned and destroyed, fire, and body parts all over.”

U.S. officials called the attack a sign of the insurgents’ desperation.

“The fact of the matter is we’re keeping the insurgents off balance and they’re reeling backward. They’re trying to come at us and we’re giving it right back,” Brigadier General Taylor Truitt said.

“The terrorists are growing more desperate in their attempts to deprive the world of a free and peaceful Iraq and they’re trying to put it all on the line and give it all they can.”

There was no claim of responsibility for the latest Baquba attack, but it followed warnings blared from mosque speakers that Iraqis should stay away from police installations.


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