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Suicide attack in Baghdad targets reconciliation conference, kills 33

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At least 33 people were killed in a suicide attack in Baghdad on Tuesday. This is the third major attack in the past few days, raising concerns of an uptick in violence in Iraq. US Army officials have stated that the recent attacks are simply a sign of desperation on the part of terror groups seeking to undermine security gains made in Iraq.

According to the BBC, the suicide attack targeted dignitaries who were attending a reconciliation conference.

At least 33 people, including a local army chief, have died and 46 have been injured in a suicide attack on the western edge of Baghdad, officials say.
The attack took place in the Abu Ghraib municipality, and appeared to target a group of dignitaries as they left a national reconciliation conference....
The bomb exploded as delegates came out of the conference, attended by a large number of VIPs.
Police sources said tribal leaders, police, soldiers and journalists were among the dead in the latest attack....
The municipal hall which hosted the conference is about 25km (15 miles) from the centre of Baghdad, and close to the Abu Ghraib prison facility which came under scrutiny following abuse of prisoners by US troops after the 2003 invasion.
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