Eight Dead In Bombing of Iraqi Parliament

Suspected suicide bomber was bodyguard of Sunni MP
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2007 2:13 PM CDT
This image from APTN television shows damage to the al-Sarafiya bridge connecting two northern Baghdad neighborhoods _ Azamiyah, a mostly Sunni enclave, and Bab al-Muazam, a mixed area Thursday April...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Eight people, including three lawmakers, were killed and at least 30 wounded when a suicide bomber eluded the normally heavy security around the Green Zone and  denonated an explosion in the cafeteria of the Iraqi parliament. Officials believe the culprit was the bodyguard of a Sunni legislator not among the dead. The bomb squad defused two other satchel bombs found inside the building.

The security scanner at one building entrance was broken, forcing reliance on hand searches of anyone entering. The presence of bomb-sniffing dogs earlier in the day, an unusually strict measure, hint that U.S. forces may have had wind of the attack. Hours earlier a truck bomb exploded on a major bridge in Baghdad.