Five die in Baghdad attacks as Saddam trial plot disclosed
A blast went off in a busy area in central Baghdad on Sunday, killing two people and injuring 11 others, a police source said. The bomb destroyed the car and damaged several nearby shops in Bab al-Sharji district.
Earlier, Iraqi police commander Lt. Col. Abdul-Razaak Abdul-Jabbar of the police's criminal department, was killed Sunday in western Baghdad by gunmen using two cars who opened fire on him as he was going to work, police Capt. Talib Thamir said.
In two other attacks, two other members of Iraq's security forces, according to police. A soldier was shot dead as he left his home in Hay al-Amin, in the southeast of the capital, while another was killed in Al-Bayyaa, in southern Baghdad.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Army stated on Sunday that a video which an Iraqi group claimed showed an attack that killed 10 Marines near Fallujah was not the same incident. "The circumstances of the IED (improvised explosive device) attack near Fallujah do not match those shown on the video," the Marines said in a statement, cited by Reuters.
"While we are unable to discern whether the video shown is authentic, the statement that the video shows the December 1 IED attack near Falluja is false."
The video was released by a group called the Islamic Army in Iraq, which is one of several groups battling foreign and Iraqi security forces.
Saddam trial plot
Also on Sunday, Iraq's national security adviser said an Iraqi group was plotting to attack the trial of Saddam Hussein when it resumed Monday. According to the AP, adviser Mouwaffak al-Rubaie's office said the "1920 Revolution Brigades" planned to fire rockets at the court building during Monday's session. Iraqi intelligence uncovered the plot, the statement said.