Suicide Attacks in Iraq Kill 34

Blasts in two cities underscore threat posed by insurgents
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2007 2:08 PM CST
An Iraqi man inspects a damaged vehicle near where a suicide car bomb exploded outside a residential complex belonging to a state-run oil company in Beiji, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Two suicide attacks in big cities north of Baghdad today killed at least 34 and injured up to 100, underscoring the dangers still posed by insurgents, the Washington Post reports. A bomber killed 12 at a funeral in Baqubah, following an earlier car bomb explosion in Baiji that killed at least 22. The bombings are the worst attacks in several months of relative calm.

"This is one of our worst attacks," said an official in Baiji, noting that many of the victims were women and children. The Interior Ministry imposed a curfiew there and fired the city's police chief. Iraqi officials demanded that more Iraqi soldiers and police officers be deployed to protect the northern provinces.