Suicide Bomb Kills 50 in Iraq

Blast at Shia mosque occurs hours after PM's warning
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2009 10:35 AM CDT
The crater left behind by a truck bombing is seen near Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Emad Matti)
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(Newser) – At least 50 people were killed in Iraq today when a truck bomb detonated near a crowd of worshipers leaving a Shiite mosque near Kirkuk, Reuters reports. The bombing occurred only hours after Nouri al-Maliki warned the country that terrorist violence may increase as the planned June 30 withdrawal of US troops approaches. The blast wounded about 175 civilians and destroyed many nearby homes.