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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bomb Kills U.S.-Allied Iraqi Sheiks

BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber apparently targeting a meeting of U.S.-allied Sunni sheiks penetrated layers of security and blew himself up in the lobby of a leading Baghdad hotel on Monday, killing four of the tribal leaders and at least eight other people, police reported.

The sheiks were associated with the Anbar Salvation Council, which had taken up arms to help drive extremists of al-Qaeda in Iraq from the western province of Anbar.

The attack was among a surge of five suicide and other bombings Monday that killed at least 45 people across Iraq.

The bombing at the high-rise Mansour Hotel, on the west bank of the Tigris River in central Baghdad, struck at about noon as the lobby bustled with members of news media organizations headquartered there, witnesses said.

A man wearing a belt of explosives walked into the lobby, approached the group of sheiks meeting there, and detonated his bomb, said a police officer based at the hotel, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The former Anbar governor Fassal al-Guood was among the four tribal leaders killed.

"It was a great breach of security because there are three checkpoints, one outside and two in," said a hotel worker who witnessed the blast.