Friday, January 2, 2009

Suicide bomb kills many in Iraq

Up to 30 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in a town south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police say.
About 110 people were also injured in the attack at a gathering of Sunni Muslim tribal leaders in Yusufiya, 20km (12 miles) from Baghdad.
Police said the bomber had entered the home of a sheikh as a Sunni council meeting was being held.
The area was once an al-Qaeda stronghold but local Sunnis turned against the group from 2007.
A number of the tribal leaders, or sheikhs, are reported to be among the casualties.
The council meeting was part of an initiative by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, a Shia, to reach out to Sunnis to aid national reconciliation.

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