Suicide Bomber Kills 22 in Northern Iraq

Attack targeted Awakening, Sunni tribal militias allied with US
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2007 5:43 AM CST
Map locates Beiji, Iraq, where a suicide car bomb exploded killing at least 16; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50.8 mm   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – At least 20 people have died and scores more are injured in northern Iraq after a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb while inside the vehicle. Police stopped the driver in the city of Baiji, about 150 miles north of Baghdad, the BBC reports. The bomb struck people lining up to buy gasoline, and several women and children are among the dead.

Baiji, which has been relatively quiet over the past two years, has been defended by the Awakening militias, a loose collection of Sunni former insurgents backed by the United States. That cooperation has drawn the ire of more radical Sunni militants, who may have been behind today's attack. Also today a suicide bomber blew himself up in Baquba at the funeral of a father and son, killing four.