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Suicide Bomb in Iraq Kills More Than 30

By VOA News
10 March 2009

Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber west of Baghdad has killed more than 30 people, including tribal leaders, security officials and journalists.

Police say the bomber blew himself up Tuesday as the group of tribal leaders toured a market in Abu Ghraib, just outside the capital. Cairo-based al-Baghdadiya television says two of its journalists were killed in the blast.

The bombing follows a series of violent incidents across Iraq, including a suicide attack outside a Baghdad police academy that killed 28 people Sunday. The high-profile attacks come after a year in which violence dropped dramatically.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has sought to reach out to rivals, and made an offer of reconciliation last week to members of former President Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath party.

Ba'ath party hardliners Tuesday rejected the offer. A statement posted to the banned party's Web site dismissed any talk with the government, which the group called "collaborators, spies and traitors."

The U.S. military has been transferring security responsibilities to the Iraqi government, with U.S. forces scheduled to withdraw from the country by 2011. Both sides stress the situation remains fragile as the nation prepares for national elections later this year.

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

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