Suicide bomber kills two in west of Baghdad
Two people were killed and ten others injured in a suicide bomb attack in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a provincial police source said Monday, reported Xinhua.
The attack took place on Sunday night when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive-vest tried to avoid guards who were searching people attending a funeral tent of a police officer in the town of Khaldiyah, just outside Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The attacker failed to reach the funeral tent and blew himself up near the guards after being identified, killing two people and wounding 10 others, the source said.
"The toll could be much higher if the bomber was not identified by the guards," he said.
The funeral was for a police lieutenant colonel who was killed a day earlier by a bomb planted in his car, the source added.
Security situation in Anbar province, once epicenter of Sunni Arab insurgency against the U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces, has been relatively calm for more than two years after Sunni tribes and anti-U.S. insurgent groups turned to cooperate with the U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces against al-Qaida in Iraq network.
The attack came less than a month after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraqi cities and towns in line with a security pact signed late last year between Baghdad and Washington that calls for American forces to leave Iraq by the end of 2011.