Bombings Follow Execution of Saddam's Cousin

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No groups have claimed responsibility for three suicide bombings in Baghdad, Monday, following the execution of Saddam Hussein's cousin.

The string of attacks killed at least 37 people and injured more than 104 others, officials said. All of the bombings took place near hotels frequented by Western journalists and visitors.

The attacks came shortly after the execution Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as "Chemical Ali." He was sentenced to death by hanging for the poison gas attacks that killed more than 5,000 Kurds.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the latest bombings "represent an extension" of activities linked to Saddam's regime, but stopped short of saying the attacks were in retaliation of the execution.

The first blast took place around 3:40 p.m. in downtown Baghdad. The attacks came in a span of 15 minutes.

In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed the attacks were an attempt to disrupt the upcoming March 7 parliamentary elections.

"We unfortunately believe there will be continued efforts by the terrorists, by al Qaeda in particular, to try to upend the commitment of the Iraqi people to a democratic future," she said.

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