May 22, 2006

Bomb blasts in Baghdad market kills three: police

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two bombs blasted a Baghdad market on
Monday, killing three people and wounding 12, police sources

A car bomb and another bomb, apparently planted close to
the street, struck the crowded area in the New Baghdad district
in the mainly Shi'ite east of the capital. As well as the
market, there was also a health clinic nearby.

Officials have warned of a possible increase in attacks by
Sunni militants like al Qaeda following the appointment of a
new, national unity government on Saturday, after months of
negotiation. At least 19 people were killed in three bomb
attacks in the capital on Sunday.

The Mujahideen Council, an al Qaeda-led militant group ,
said one of its fighters had carried out Sunday's suicide
bombing that killed at least 13 people at a Baghdad restaurant,
according to a statement posted on the Internet.

"One of our lions set off to embed himself among infidel
policemen at a restaurant and caused grave damage, killing at
least 20 of them," said the statement.