Samir Adil, president of the Iraq Freedom Congress (IFC), was among those wounded in a Dec. 11 suicide attack on a reconciliation meeting in the divided northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. His wounds are not life-threatening, the IFC reports via e-mail. The IFC has been working across ethnic divides in Kirkuk to unite local communities against the US occupation and sectarian militias.
The bomber set off his explosives in a crowded restaurant, killing at least 55 people and wounding about 100. The upscale Abdullah Restaurant was the site of what local leaders called a “meeting of understanding” timed for the Eid al-Adha celebration. (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 12)
Among the dead was a locally popular Turkoman singer—Kanaan Mohammed Saleh, 39, host of “The Sweet Voice” show on Kurdish TV, who had been invited to attend the reconciliation meeting. He was killed along with his three children, newly married brother and sister-in-law. His wife was also seriously injured. (AP, Dec. 12)
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