Iraq's foreign minister says militants responsible for deadly bombings
outside Iraq's foreign and finance ministries had help, possibly from
the country's security forces.
Hoshyar Zebari also questioned
the government's decision to remove concrete walls around the
ministries, a move he said allowed large trucks to pass through and
carry out Wednesday's blasts.
He said security in the capital
has deteriorated during the past two months, and he warned of more
powerful attacks in Baghdad in coming days because of security
On Friday, security officials announced the arrests
of some people allied with the outlawed Baath party of former Iraqi
dictator Saddam Hussein, in connection with Wednesday's attacks.
than 100 people died and another 500 were wounded in the attacks, the
deadliest day in Baghdad since U.S. combat troops withdrew from urban
areas on June 30.
The Iraqi capital had
been devastated by a series of attacks, prompting Iraqi lawmakers to
call for a thorough review of their country's security forces.
On Saturday, gunmen attacked a military checkpoint in northern Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding a third.
An Iraqi official said the attack took place in Azamiyah, a mostly Sunni neighborhood, and that the suspects escaped by car.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.