Female bomber kills 16 in Iraq
Iraq's security situation has improved in recent months
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Friday, 07, Dec 2007 09:10
At least 16 people have died after a female suicide bomber blew herself up in Iraq's Diyala province.
The bomber targeted a group of former Sunni insurgents who have accepted money to support coalition forces in their efforts against al-Qaida-backed terrorism in Iraq.
Police forces said at least ten of those who died were members of the local pro-US militia group and added at least 27 were wounded by the attack.
The bombing took place in the town of Muqdadiya, located 90km north-east of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
In April the town was hit by another female suicide bomber who killed over 12 people at a police recruitment centre.
The latest bombing comes amid a general dip in violence in the country widely attributed to the US troop 'surge' this autumn.
Senior American military officials have warned the situation remains volatile, however, as coalition forces seek to improve security in the country.
Yesterday two armed men were killed in a raid on an alleged insurgent training expert.
"Each capture of one of these criminals brings us one step closer to a secure future for Iraq," Captain Vic Beck said this morning.
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