updated 10/23/2004 5:42:01 AM ET 2004-10-23T09:42:01

A car bomb exploded outside a base in western Iraq used by the U.S. military and the Iraqi National Guard, killing eight people and wounding 48, witnesses and hospital officials said.

The blast hit right outside the gates of the Baghdadi base, 142 miles west of Baghdad near Ramadi. The U.S. military confirmed it was a car bomb but gave no other details.

The casualty figures of eight dead and 48 wounded came from a hospital official in nearby Haditha. It wasn’t known if there were any U.S. soliders among the killed and wounded.

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