Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 8 in eastern Baghdad

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt Monday in a line of people waiting to receive government payments, killing at least eight other people and wounding about 30, including children, police and hospital officials said. Eight more died in attacks elsewhere, including five members of a Shiite religious party gunned down in Baqouba and three policemen who died in separate incidents in Baghdad and Iskandariyah. The suicide attack occurred in the mostly Shi'ite eastern district of New Baghdad at 9:40 a.m. as people lined up at a bank to receive government checks.