Suicide truck bomb attack kills 12 north of Baghdad

December 31, 2007 20:11

A suicide minibus bomber killed 12 people Monday, including three children, in an attack targeting members of predominantly Sunni tribal groups who turned against al-Qaida in Iraq - days after Osama bin Laden warned Sunnis not to join the US-backed fighters. The rapidly expanding groups, known as Awakening Councils, have been credited with helping slash the level of violence across the country by 60 percent since June. But their new allegiance with the US military and Iraqi government forces has made them targets. Osama bin Laden, in an audiotape that emerged on Saturday, warned Iraq's Sunni Arabs against joining the Awakening Councils or participating in any unity government.

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