Iraq suicide blast kills 22 north of Baghdad

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 12:36 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say at least 22 people are dead and more than 40 others have been wounded after a suicide bomb attack on a group of anti-al-Qaida fighters north of Baghdad.

It's the latest in a string of deadly attacks against security forces and civilians. Since the start of the year, more than 200 Iraqis have been killed.

Today's bombing targeted a group of men who gathered to collect their salaries outside of one of the militia's headquarters in a town about 12 miles north of the Iraqi capital.

Police say three Iraqi soldiers and 19 members of the Sunni militia were killed.

The militia was formed from Sunni fighters who switched sides and joined U.S. and Iraqi government forces to fight al-Qaida at the height of the insurgency. They've been among the favorite targets for insurgents, who see them as traitors.

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