Iraq: At least 55 killed in restaurant blast

Published December 11th, 2008 - 04:44 GMT

A suicide bomber struck Thursday inside a popular restaurant in northern Iraq where Kurdish officials were meeting with Arab tribal leaders, killing at least 55 people and injuring some 120, police said. According to the AP, Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir, commander of the Kirkuk police, said 93 people were hurt in the attack, which occurred in the Abdullah Restaurant just north of the oil city of Kirkuk.

 

A Kurdish official said Arab tribal leaders were having lunch with members of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the party of President Jalal Talabani. They were to have been driven to a meeting with Talabani after the lunch.

 

The restaurant was also packed with families celebrating the final day of the Eid al-Adha holiday.

 

Elsewhere, the U.S. military said Thursday that American troops launched raids in at least four Iraqi cities, detaining six people believed to be associated with al-Qaeda in Iraq. A U.S. statement said two men were detained Wednesday in a pair of raids near Tarmiyah, 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

 

Two others were captured Thursday in Ramadi, capital of Anbar province west of Baghdad, the statement said. The two others were arrested Thursday - one in Mosul and the other in Baghdad, the U.S. said.

 

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