Bomber kills 7 at family gathering in Iraq

Published July 07, 2012

| Associated Press

Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has killed seven people at the home of a pro-government militiaman in the western city of Ramadi.

The attack is the latest targeted killing in Iraq, which has seen a surge in violence six months after the last American troops withdrew. Most attacks are blamed on Al Qaeda-linked militants.

A police official in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, said Saturday that the bomber entered the home of a leader of a local Sunni militia leader Friday night during a family gathering. He detonated his explosives belt, killing the militiaman and six family members. At least 30 others were wounded.

A hospital worker in Ramadi confirmed the deaths. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

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