Baghdad: A suicide bomber today blew himself up amid tribal leaders and army officers killing at least 25 persons outside the town hall in Abu Ghraib, on Baghdad’s western edge, security officials said. “At least 25 persons died, including army officers and tribal chiefs, when a suicide bomber blew himself up while they toured a market in Abu Ghraib,” 25 km from the centre of Baghdad, an interior ministry official said.
The officers and tribal figures were visiting the market as part of efforts at national reconciliation, defence and interior ministry officials said. “The suicide bomber targeted a tour of the tribal leaders under the command of Major-Gen Mared Abdel Hassen and other officers in the market near the town hall,” said Brig-Gen Qassim Atta, spokesman for Baghdad army command operations.
Hassen is in charge of tribal affairs in the interior ministry. The latest carnage came after a suicide bomber on a bicycle killed 28 persons and injured 56 outside a Baghdad police academy on Sunday, the bloodiest attack in weeks.