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Two suicide attacks kill 22 in Iraq

A woman with explosives strapped to her body attacked the office of Sunni group that had turned against Al-Qaida in Baghdad that left at least 22 people dead.

world Updated: Dec 08, 2007 02:31 IST

A woman with explosives strapped to her body Saturday attacked the office of Sunni group that had turned against Al-Qaida - one of two suicide bombings in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad that left at least 22 people dead.

An Iraqi official claimed the woman was seeking revenge for her two sons who were killed fighting for Al-Qaida.

The two brazen attacks were the latest in a series of al-Qaida assaults against members of the new "awakening groups" - mostly Sunnis including ex-insurgents who have begun cooperating with the Americans to rid their communities of extremists.

The first attack occurred at midmorning in Muqdadiyah when a woman detonated explosives in front of the office of the 1920 Revolution Brigade, a Sunni insurgent group whose members in the area switched sides this year and joined the fight against Al-Qaida.

Police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammed al-Tamimi said 15 people were killed and 20 wounded. US officials put the toll at 12 dead and 17 wounded.

Later today, a suicide car bomber struck at a checkpoint about 15 kilometres away, killing seven Iraqi soldiers and three members of a local anti-al-Qaida group, Iraqi army Capt Saad al-Zuhairi said.

Al-Zuhairi, who was about 150 metres away, said the driver detonated his explosives when the guards asked to search the car.