Another day of bloodshed in Iraq began early. A car bomb exploded at a petrol station in central Baghdad. Police sources said at least 10 people were killed and more than 25 were wounded. They said the blast was caused by a bomb that had been hidden in a jerry can. It went off near people queuing to buy gasoline at a station near the capital’s Shaab stadium. There was another attack near a second-hand clothes market in the Bab al-Sharji district in the capital. Two roadside bombs exploded wreaking havoc at the busy scene.
The interior ministry said at least seven more people died and 35 were wounded there. It is not known if any of the continued violence around the country was in response to a goodbye letter posted on a website the day before from Saddam Hussein. In it, the former President said he was giving his life for his country. He called for unity against coalition troops and expressed support for the sunni-Arab-dominated insurgency. An Iraqi appeals court has upheld a death sentence against the former dictator, for crimes against humanity.