Car bomb kills at least 3 in Baghdad
Hussein trial gets new chief judge
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A suicide car bomber blew up at an Iraqi police checkpoint Monday near the city's heavily fortified Green Zone, killing at least three people, an official with the Baghdad emergency police told CNN.
At least seven other people were wounded in the explosion, which was not far from the Iranian Embassy, the official said.
The Green Zone is home to U.S. military headquarters in the Iraqi capital and a number of government ministries and embassies.
Another suicide car bomber exploded Monday at a joint U.S.-Iraqi army checkpoint in the Shurta Khamsa neighborhood in southwest Baghdad around 11 a.m. local time, the police official said.
No information on casualties was immediately available, the official said, but the U.S. Army sealed off the area.
A roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi police patrol around 10:30 a.m. Monday in central Baghdad's Waziriya neighborhood, wounding two police officers, the police official said.
New chief judge named in Hussein trial
Iraqi officials name Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, a Kurd, to replace chief judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin in the Saddam Hussein trial, Raid Juhi, the chief investigator who prepared evidence for the case, said Monday. (Full story)
Abdel-Rahman will be an interim chief judge, Juhi said.
Amin submitted a letter of resignation on January 15 amid complaints that he was too lenient with the defendants in the trial.
Juhi said Iraqi authorities were unable to resolve the standoff with Amin, also a Kurd, whose resignation was the latest complication in the case, which has seen two defense lawyers assassinated and a another judge step down.
The trial is expected to resume Tuesday.
Gunmen raid Sunni homes
At least 30 gunmen dressed as Iraqi police commandos raided homes of Sunni Arabs in Baghdad early Monday, killing two and detaining at least 20, Iraqi police said.
Commandos are overseen by the Iraqi Interior Ministry, which had no immediate comment.
The raids were in the Salam neighborhood, police said.
During the past few weeks, dozens of Sunnis and Shiites have been killed in sectarian violence in the capital. Most were shot dead in the streets or in front of their homes.
Salam is a mixed, middle-class neighborhood of Sunnis and Shiites in northwest Baghdad, police said.
CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq and Shelby Lin contributed to this report.
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