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Muslims Start Iraq New Year Off With A Bang

From a relieved Associated Press:

A victim of a suicide bomb attack recovers in a central Baghdad, Iraq, hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008.

32 dead in suicide bomb at Iraqi funeral

By BRADLEY BROOKS, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq – A suicide attacker detonated an explosives-rigged vest at a Shiite funeral in Baghdad, killing 32 people gathered to mourn the death of an Iraqi army officer killed in a car bombing, police and ambulance officials said.

The afternoon explosion took place in Baghdad’s eastern Zayouna neighborhood, a mixed Shiite and Sunni district, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details of the attack.

The funeral was for Nabil Hussein Jassim, a retired lieutenant colonel killed in a car bombing in downtown Baghdad’s Tayaran Square. That blast left at least 14 people dead…

More telling details from a giddy Reuters:

Suicide bomber kills 30 at Baghdad funeral

By Peter Graff

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed 30 people and wounded 38 at a funeral in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, shattering a New Year’s day that had begun with hopeful celebrations of a kind unseen in years.

Two police sources confirmed the death toll, which would make it the worst bombing in the Iraqi capital since September and one of the deadliest anywhere in Iraq for months.

Baghdadis had earlier greeted 2008 at family gatherings and parties impossible just months ago when travel across the capital at night was too dangerous. At the stroke of midnight celebratory gunfire and fireworks painted the sky.

The suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest among mourners attending a funeral for a man killed in another bomb explosion three days ago.

“The funeral was inside the house, with a tent built in the garden,” said Brigadier-General Qassim Moussawi, the spokesman for security forces in Baghdad.

According to those who were present, no stranger had entered the tent. So either he was a relative or someone well known to the family. Since the funeral was for someone who came from Diyala province, we suspect that the suicide bomber was an al Qaeda member from Diyala,” he told Reuters…

And I thought they weren’t supposed to celebrate infidel holidays?

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