73 Killed in Iraq Suicide Bombings

Pair of attacks are part of recent spate
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2009 8:15 AM CDT
Iraqis inspect damage caused by a suicide bomber yesterday inside a mosque in Duluiyah, about 45 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 23, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A suicide bombing in Baghdad today killed at least 28 people and wounded 50 as police handed out relief packages, the Guardian reports. At least five children and 13 police officers were killed in the attack, police said. Meanwhile, an attack in northeast Iraq killed 45, the BBC reports. Attacks have surged in recent weeks, the AP notes; a US defense official said he expected attacks to increase as American troops leave the country.