Sunni Chiefs Killed in Iraq Suicide Bomb

5 leaders in fight against al-Qaeda in Diyala province dead in blast
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2007 5:44 AM CST
Relatives grieve over the body of Mohammed Abdul Amir, 27, at a morgue in Baqouba, capital of Iraq's troubled Diyala province, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007. Abdul...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A suicide bomber detonated his vest in a meeting yesterday of anti-al-Qaeda Sunni chiefs, killing five leaders in the battle to drive al-Qaeda from Diyala province, in central Iraq. The bomb went off in the home of Sheikh Faez al-Obeidi, 30 miles north of Baghdad; killed were the sheikh and four of his relatives, the BBC reports. Ten others were wounded in the attack.

Those killed were members of the Diyala Salvation Council, a group opposing local al-Qaeda activities. Such groups have sprung up throughout Iraq since a group of tribal leaders successfully drove al-Qaeda out of its former stronghold in Anbar province. Diyala province, site of yesterday's attack, has since become a key battleground.