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Suicide Car Bomb Kills at Least 22 in Northern Iraq

By VOA News
25 December 2007

Iraqi police say at least 22 people have been killed and 80 others wounded in a suicide car bombing in Iraq's northern city of Baiji.

Security officials say Tuesday's attack targeted a checkpoint manned by Iraqi soldiers and members of a U.S.-backed volunteer force fighting al-Qaida. The attack took place on a road leading to the state-run North Oil Company.

To the south in Baquba, witnesses say a suicide bombing at a funeral killed four people from another U.S.-supported volunteer group fighting al-Qaida militants.

Volunteer forces of mainly Sunni Arab fighters have been credited with helping reduce violence in Iraq in recent months.

In another development, an Iraqi-Kurdish border security official says Turkish warplanes have bombed an area in the Iraqi-Kurdish province of Dahuk in northern Iraq near the Turkish border. There were no reports of casualties in what was described as a brief attack.

Turkish warplanes have repeatedly targeted suspected bases used by rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK in Iraq.

Turkey accuses the PKK of staging deadly attacks in southeastern Turkey from bases in northern Iraq. The PKK has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey since 1984. More than 30,000 people have died in the conflict.

Separately, the U.S. military says coalition forces have killed 13 terrorists and detained 27 suspects Tuesday and Monday during operations against al-Qaida fighters in central and northern Iraq.

The military also says Iraqi special operations forces detained two suspected extremists during a raid Monday near an Iraqi village northeast of Baquba in volatile Diyala province. A statement says the two suspects are believed responsible for improvised explosive device attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces, as well as the kidnapping and murder of Iraqi citizens.


Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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