In the second bombing, a car exploded in central Baghdad outside a police station, killing the driver and wounding at least eight police officers and four bystanders.

US President Bush on 14 December warned that Saddam’s capture would not put an end to militant attacks in Iraq. ‘The capture of Saddam Hussein does not mean the end of violence in Iraq,’ Bush said. ‘We still face terrorists who would rather go on killing the innocent than accept the rise of liberty in the heart of the Middle East.’

In a separate incident, four US soldiers were injured on 14 December when two military convoys were attacked by militants on the outskirts of the Kuwait City. ‘There were two attacks by small arms fire,’ a US military spokesman told Reuters. ‘The soldiers were slightly wounded, minor injuries, from glass that was broken from the gunshots that hit the trucks. The soldiers are okay now.’