Baghdad: At least 15 die in blast
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a checkpoint in Baghdad manned by U.S.-backed neighbourhood guards on Sunday, killing 15 people and injuring 29, police said. Among those killed in the attack in the mainly Sunni Adhamiya district of northern Baghdad was a leader of the neighbourhood guards in the area, Faruq Abu Omar.
The bomber rode to the checkpoint on a motorcycle and then detonated a vest packed with explosives, police said, according to Reuters.
The guards, known as "Sons of Iraq", are paid by U.S. forces to protect neighbourhoods in areas where the local tribes have turned against al Qaeda.