Three blasts in Baghdad; US blames Iran for market bombing
Three blasts killed at least three people and injured 15 in Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi police said. A car bomb went off near the Health Ministry in central Baghdad, killing two people and wounding seven, they said.
Separately, a roadside bomb wounded two civilians in the Waziriya district of northern Baghdad, police said. A second roadside bomb went off when Iraqi security forces arrived on the scene, killing one soldier and injuring six others, police said.
On Saturday, the US army blamed Friday's deadly bombing of a pet market in Baghdad on Iranian-backed elements. Four members of a Shi'ite cell were captured and charged with carrying out the bombing, which killed at least 15 people, the Associated Press reported. On his part, Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, a US military spokesman, said the attack bore the hallmarks of a group of Shi'ite fighters who have been trained by Iran and have broken with cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.