Executions follow failed anti-Saddam coup

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Details of the attempt, which reportedly took place during the first week of July, remain sketchy.

The official said it remains unclear whether the blast occurred in one of Saddam's palaces in Baghdad or in his hometown of Tikrit.

He said there has also been activity against Saddam among the super-elite Special Republican Guard unit, which protects Saddam and is headed by his son, Udday.