At approximately 4:50 this afternoon there was an explosion on the highway. Recalling the events Omar, my fixer and friend, reported, “ I was nearby the technical college, there was a huge blast, a lot of smoke, and speeding police cars. More shooting like Monday. It was exactly behind the technical college, on the highway side.”
One of the witnesses claimed a timebomb had blown up a Humvee which burned up. All the Americans in the Humvee escaped, and there were no civilian casualties.
The moment before we left there was one tank blocking the highway, and Apaches flying overhead. Because of the security presence, it was impossible to take photos or approach any closer.