Polish Ambassador Hurt in Baghdad Bomb Attack The Polish ambassador to Iraq, Gen. Edward Pietrzyk, was wounded and two civilians, including a bodyguard, were killed in a roadside bomb attack in downtown Baghdad. The attack took place a few hundred yards from the Polish Embassy.
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Polish Ambassador Hurt in Baghdad Bomb Attack

Iraqi firefighters work at the site of an attack targeting the Polish ambassador's convoy in Baghdad's al-Arasat neighborhood, Oct. 3, 2007. Poland's ambassador to Iraq was wounded in a triple-bomb attack in central Baghdad that also killed a civilian and wounded others. Ali Yussef/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi firefighters work at the site of an attack targeting the Polish ambassador's convoy in Baghdad's al-Arasat neighborhood, Oct. 3, 2007. Poland's ambassador to Iraq was wounded in a triple-bomb attack in central Baghdad that also killed a civilian and wounded others.

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Gen. Edward Pietrzyk, the Polish ambassador to Iraq, was slightly wounded Wednesday and two civilians, including a bodyguard, were killed in a roadside bomb attack in downtown Baghdad.

The attack took place a few hundred yards from the Polish Embassy.

The ambassador was being treated for burns and "is going to be fine," Deputy Ambassador Waldemar Figaj said.

Pietrzyk, 57, has been ambassador in Iraq since April. He was formerly commander of land forces in Poland.

A civilian passer-by died after at least two roadside bombs were detonated around 10 a.m., according to an Iraqi police official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A Polish security guard, believed to be Pietrzyk's driver, died at the hospital a short time later, said Robert Szaniawski, a spokesman for the Polish Foreign Ministry.

At least 11 people, including three security guards with the convoy, were also wounded in the attack in the Karradah neighborhood, police said. The guards worked for Poland's Government Protection Office, which is responsible for the security of Polish officials in Iraq, said Dariusz Aleksandrowicz, the agency's spokesman.

"We still don't have the reasons for the attack," said Szaniawski, noting that the embassy is not in the heavily fortified Green Zone.

Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said the attack would not weaken his countrymen's resolve to fight terrorism in Iraq.

"Backing out before terrorists is the worst possible solution and I trust that the Poles, who are a brave nation, will not desert the battlefield," he said. "We must fight terrorism and that entails a certain risk."

Poland, a staunch U.S. ally, contributed combat troops to the 2003 U.S.-led war in Iraq, and has since led a multinational division south Baghdad. About 900 Polish troops are stationed there training Iraqi personnel; 21 have died during the conflict.

Last year, the Polish government extended its mission in Iraq until the end of 2007, leaving a decision on further extensions for later this year.

"Poland has been a strong and steadfast ally here and around the world, and we commend its commitment to a stable and secure Iraq," said a brief statement issued by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and the U.S. commander, Gen. David Petraeus, condemning the attack. "We stand ready to provide any additional assistance we can."

From NPR reports and The Associated Press