War In IraqPhoto:Women pilgrims on the 100 kilometre journey from Baghdad to commerate Arbaeen, which marks forty daus after Ashura, the holiest day in the Shiite calender (Photo: Reuters)
March 07, 2007
A suicide bomber killed more than 30 people Wednesday in a popular cafe northeast of Baghdad, and three American soldiers died when a roadside bomb exploded northwest of the capital, authorities said.The bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in Balad Ruz, 45 miles northeast of Baghdad, two police officers said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.The bomber walked into the cafe where people had gathered around 5:30 p.m. and detonated his explosives among customers, police said. At least 30 people - a mix of Sunnis and Shiites - were killed and 25 were wounded, they said.The U.S. soldiers were killed by the roadside bomb as they patrolled a well-traveled route northwest of Baghdad to clear it of explosives, the military said. Nine soldiers died in two separate attacks on Monday -- the deadliest single day for Americans in Iraq in nearly a month.