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28 September 2005 -- At least six people were killed and around 30 wounded when a female suicide bomber blew herself up today near a group of people waiting in line in Tal Afar, in northern Iraq.
Police say the attacker set off her explosives while standing among job applicants in Tal Afar, west of Mosul. Another report says the people were waiting in line to receive compensation for damage done to their homes during a recent Iraqi Army and U.S. forces military operation in the town.
The Al-Qaeda in Iraq group claimed responsbility for the suicide bombing. In an Internet statement it confirmed the attack was carried out by a woman but did not disclose her identity. The authenticity of the claim could not be confirmed.
The U.S. military says more than 500 insurgents were either killed or captured during the operation. Meanwhile, General Richard Myers, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the recent death of high-ranking Al-Qaeda operative Abu Azzam in Baghdad will have "some impact" but will not likely be a fatal blow to the terror network led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
(international agencies)For complete coverage of Iraq, see RFE/RL's special webpage "The New Iraq." See Also: "Iraq Votes: Constitution Referendum"