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Published:April 17th, 2008 04:37 EST
Iraq suffers loss of 49 to suicide bomber

Iraq suffers loss of 49 to suicide bomber

By SOP newswire

A suicide bomber has attacked a funeral in northern Iraq, killing at least 49 people and wounding at least 20 others.

Police sources say the bomber blew himself up Thursday in a village near Kirkuk. The funeral was for two members of a local group that has been fighting al-Qaida forces.

The violence follows a series of fatal bombings this week in Sunni Arab areas. On Tuesday more than 50 people were killed and almost 100 wounded in attacks in Baquba and Ramadi. U.S. and Iraqi military authorities blamed al-Qaida for the attacks.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said in Brussels this week he was confident that al-Qaida in Iraq would be defeated.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.