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Suicide Bomber Kills Sunni Tribal Leaders, Others in Baghdad Hotel Attack

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A suicide bomber has killed 12 people, including at least four Sunni tribal leaders, at a busy Baghdad hotel -- one in a series of deadly bombings on Monday in Iraq.

The tribal leaders were killed as they held an informal meeting at the Mansour Hotel in central Baghdad. They were associated with an alliance that is fighting al-Qaida.

The hotel has layers of security and is used by Western news organizations. It also houses the Chinese Embassy.

Witnesses say the bomber entered the lobby of the hotel and detonated an explosives belt

In other attacks today, a suicide bomber driving a fuel tanker killed at least 15 people at a police station in the northern city of Baiji.

Eight people were killed when a suicide car bomber attacked near the governor's offices in Hillah, a predominantly Shi'ite city, south of Baghdad.

In the northern city of Mosul, a car bomb blast killed at least one person.

Also on Monday, the US military said a US soldier was killed in a smalls arms fire attack in Baghdad, while another soldier died of wounds sustained Saturday in the Iraqi capital.

The military also said today that coalition forces detained 43 suspected terrorists during operations in central Iraq.

In other news, a top US military official , Brigadier General John Bednarek is reporting progress in a US-Iraqi operation aimed at rooting out al-Qaida militants from the restive Diyala province.

He says many al-Qaida fighters have been killed or detained in the week-old operation, and that forces have found weapons caches, along with the grim discoveries of torture chambers, knives, blood trails, and shallow graves containing the bodies of Iraqis.

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