Female Bomber Kills 3 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD -- A female suicide bomber killed at least three people and wounded four others in central Baghdad, police said Sunday, in the latest such attack to be carried out by a woman.

The woman, wearing a suicide vest, detonated explosives in a shop after fleeing from guards at a checkpoint, near electrical stores in the Karrada district of the capital, police said.

Earlier this month, two women bombers, whom U.S. and Iraqi officials have said were mentally handicapped, killed 99 people in two crowded pet markets in the Iraqi capital. The attacks were the deadliest in the city since April.

The woman in the latest attack did not appear to be mentally impaired, the police said.

The bombing came a day after a senior Iraqi official hailed the success of a year-long clampdown named "Operation Imposing Law" and implemented to curb sectarian violence in Baghdad. Attacks by insurgents and rival sectarian militias have fallen by up to 80 percent in Baghdad since it was started, the senior Iraqi military official said.