Suicide Bomber Kills 25 at Iraqi Banquet

Victims were celebrating release of sheikh's son from US detention
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2008 3:22 AM CDT
Suicide Bomber Kills 25 at Iraqi Banquet
An unidentified man struck by a suicide bombing on the western outskirts of Baghdad which killed at least 25 people is treated in a hospital in Fallujah.   (AP Photo)

At least 25 people were killed in Abu Ghraib yesterday when a suicide bomber attacked a banquet where relatives were celebrating the release of a sheikh's son from US detention. Women, children and men from a US-supported neighborhood patrol were believed to be among the victims."The smoke was everywhere mixed with blood. I went unconscious after that," said a guest. US helicopters were flown in to evacuate some 32 wounded. (More Iraq stories.)

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