Car Bombs Jar Kufa, Baghdad

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A car bombing targeting a mostly Shiite neighborhood of Kufa, Iraq, follows by hours the execution of Saddam Hussein. Two smaller bombings are noted in Baghdad.

Linda Wertheimer, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. Scott Simon is away. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

There was jubilation in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad this morning, gunfire and dancing in the streets of Sadr City as people oppressed by Saddam Hussein celebrated his execution. The 69-year-old former dictator went to the gallows just before dawn.

U.S. military and Iraqi security forces braced for retaliatory attacks from Saddam's former supporters. And there has been violence. Several car bombs exploded in the Shiite area of Baghdad. And there was another bombing in the Shiite town of Kufa.

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