At least 6 killed in suicide bombing in west Iraq

08:33, February 25, 2011      

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At least six people were killed and 15 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a gathering in the city if Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province on Thursday, a provincial police source said.

A suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest shortly before the sunset during a ceremony at the cultural center in central Ramadi, 110 km west of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The ceremony was attended by Hikmat Jasim Zaidan, deputy governor of Anbar province, who was among the wounded, the source said.

One of Zaidan's guards was also among the killed by the blast, the source added.

Insurgent attacks continue in the once volatile Sunni Arab area in west of Baghdad that stretches through Anbar province to Iraq's western borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

The province cities and its vast desert area has been relatively calm for more than three years after Sunni tribes and anti-U.S. insurgent groups turned to cooperate with the U.S. troops and the Iraqi security forces against al-Qaida network in Iraq.

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