Two near-simultaneous blasts killed six security guards Thursday who were waiting in line to pick up their paychecks outside an Iraqi military base, officials said. At least 35 people were injured in the bombing attacks near Baqouba, 60 kilometers northeast of Baghdad, Diyala Heath Directorate spokesman Faris al-Azawi told the AP.
The attack started with a suicide bomber who joined the line of the guards known as Sahwa, and blew himself up around 8 a.m., according to an Interior Ministry official. Two minutes later, a car bomb detonated himself about 30 meters away.
The dead all were members of Sahwa, a Sunni militia that sided with American forces against al-Qaeda .
Thursday's blasts come following a triple bombing late Wednesday in the southern oil port city of Basra, which killed seven people.