Abu Ghraib release party bombed

Sunni Awakening members killed as sheikh celebrates son's release from US detention.

    Awakening groups targeted

    Aziz Moklif Ghatha al-Zubai, one of the local chiefs of the Awakening group who organised the dinner in the district's Al-Zaidan village, was killed in the attack.

    Police cordoned off the area as victims were taken to a hospital in Falluja, 20km west of the city, eyewitnesses said.

    Awakening groups began in the western province of Anbar when Sunni tribal leaders turned on their former al-Qaeda allies in 2006.

    Hundreds of such groups have sprung up across Iraq since then, supported and paid for by the US military.

    Al-Qaeda has frequently warned that members of Awakening groups will be specially targeted because of their co-operation with the US.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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