May 4 - A bomb blast in a Shi'ite neighborhood of the Iraqi capital kills at least nine people and injures around 27. Travis Brecher reports.
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Heaps of rubble and twisted metal -- the aftermath of a bomb blast in Baghdad.
Security sources say a car bomb exploded near a market, killing at least nine people and injuring about 27 more.
The blast occurred in a poor, crowded, predominantly Shi'ite district surrounded by mainly Sunni areas.
It was one of the areas hit last November in a series of bombings across the Iraqi capital that killed more than 40 people.
Iraqi forces went on high alert Monday after U.S. commandos killed Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
Officials said they were expecting the Sunni Islamist group to carry out revenge attacks.
Iraq became a major Al Qaeda battlefield after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
Violence has fallen sharply in recent years, but militants still launch dozens of bombings and other attacks each month - and security officials frequently blame Al Qaeda.
Travis Brecher, Reuters
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