A suicide bomber attacked government-backed Sunni militia on Sunday as they lined up to be paid on Baghdad’s southwestern outskirts outside an Iraqi army base. The attack killed at least 40 people and wounded 41, Iraqi security sources said.
In a second attack, a suicide bomber killed four and wounded six at a meeting of local Sunni militia leaders in western Iraq, near the Syrian border.
The Baghdad bombing was of the “Sahwa” militia, Sunnis who had previously fought for al Qaeda but who turned against them in 2007 and allied with US forces. Their leaders have been targeted several times in recent months.