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Dec 24, 2014 3:49 AM

Iraq: Suicide attack kills 13 people near Baghdad

The Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) Officials say a suicide attack against pro-government, anti-Islamic State group Sunni militias near Baghdad has killed at least 13 people.

A police officer says the attacker blew himself up early Wednesday morning among a group of militiamen gathered at a military base south of Baghdad to receive their monthly payment. He said 10 militiamen and three soldiers were killed and 25 others wounded.

The group, known as Sahwa, is made up of Sunni militiamen who joined U.S. troops in the fight against al-Qaida during the height of the insurgency in 2007 and 2008. They are viewed as traitors by the Sunni militants.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information to the media.


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