Suicide attack kills 22 people near Baghdad

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 24, 2014 at 3:10 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Payday for militiamen gathering at a military base south of Baghdad turned deadly today when a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing at least 22 people.

Police say the attacker managed to mingle with the group of pro-government, anti-Islamic State group Sunni militias who had gathered to receive their monthly payment.

At least 15 of the dead are Sunni militiamen and the rest are soldiers. Police say another 55 people were wounded.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but it bore the hallmark of the Islamic State group, which captured large swaths of western and northern Iraq in a summer blitz.

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