38 killed in spate of Iraq attacks, suicide bombings

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BAGHDAD: Attacks in Baghdad and just north of the Iraqi capital, including a suicide bombing at a funeral and seven car bombs, killed at least 38 people on Wednesday, officials said.

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The suicide attack hit the funeral of an anti-al-Qaeda militiaman in restive Diyala province while the car bombs targeted civilians in and around the capital, according to security and medical officials.

The attack on Wednesday killed at least 15 people and wounded 18 others, security and medical officials said. It took place in the town of Buhruz in restive Diyala province according to a police officer and a doctor from the main hospital in the nearby provincial capital Baquba.

The funeral was for a member of the Sahwa, a collection of Sunni tribal militias who sided with the US military from late-2006 against their co-religionists in al-Qaeda, helping turn the tide of Iraq’s violent insurgency.

As a result, the Sahwa, or Awakening, are often targeted for attacks by Sunni militants who regard them as traitors.

Buhruz is a majority-Sunni town but one with a substantial Shiite minority, and lies in confessionally-mixed Diyala in central Iraq, which remains one of the country’s most dangerous provinces.

AFP

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