Baghdad (AP) An Iraqi army officer says at least 24 people are dead and 21 others wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a gathering at the home of a Sunni tribal leader south of Baghdad.
The U.S. Military says it has initial reports of 21 people dead and 44 wounded. The Sunni sheik is not among the casualties.
Police say he was hosting senior tribal figures and other members for lunch when an outsider managed to sneak inside the house.
Also today, gunmen have opened fire on a checkpoint manned by members of the sons of Iraq 40 miles south of Baghdad, killing two of them. The sons of Iraq is a group consisting of Sunni insurgents and tribesmen who turned against Al-Qaida in Iraq and allied itself with the U.S. military.
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