URGENT ¥¥¥ 22 killed in suicide bomb north of Baghdad: officials

A suicide bomb targeting anti-Qaeda militiamen collecting their salaries north of Baghdad on Monday killed at least 22 people and wounded 44 others, security and medical officials said, updating an earlier toll.

The blast struck at 11:00 am (0800 GMT) in the town of Taji, around 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of Baghdad. The majority of the victims were members of the Sahwa, or anti-Qaeda militias, but soldiers were also among the casualties.