Three killed despite security alert in Baghdad after bin Laden's death

14:50, May 03, 2011      

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Three people were killed and 17 injured in two roadside bomb explosions in Iraqi capital Baghdad Monday morning, despite that the Iraqi security forces increased security measures after the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, an Interior Ministry source and spokesman said.

A roadside bomb planted near a police station in Baghdad's Shiite bastion of Sadr City detonated and hit a passing minibus carrying passengers, killing three people and wounding 14 others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, a roadside bomb went off outside a restaurant in Abu Nawas Street in central Baghdad, wounding three people, the source said.

The attacks came as the Iraqi security forces increased security alert in Baghdad after the death of bin Laden in Pakistan.

"Iraqi security forces took precautionary measures in Baghdad for fear of terrorist attacks by al-Qaida militants after the death of bin Laden," Qassim Atta, spokesman of Baghdad operations command, told reporters in Baghdad.

Source: Xinhua
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