At Least 37 Dead in Baghdad Blasts

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's government is blaming today's bombing attacks in Baghdad on insurgents linked to the Saddam Hussein regime.

The attacks came near three hotels in Baghdad that are popular with Western journalists and businessmen.

At least 37 people were killed and more than 100 injured, and the number of dead could climb.

The blasts came shortly before state TV announced the execution of a Saddam cousin known as "Chemical Ali." He'd been sentenced to death for poison gas attacks that killed thousands of Kurds.

The bombings today came about six weeks after a series of blasts
killed 127 people, and brought criticism of Iraq's government for repeated security lapses.

A government spokesman says the bombings are an "extension" of
activities of insurgents linked to Saddam's regime. But the spokesman stopped short of saying the attacks were possible revenge for the execution of Chemical Ali.

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