An Iraqi clan overwhelmed by shock and grief buried its dead on Monday after a suicide bomber killed 25 people at a celebratory banquet in west Baghdad.
Male relatives, some still wearing robes stained with blood from carrying the dead, wailed prayers over the bodies laid out in shrouds at the mosque at dawn in Abu Ghraib, a Sunni Arab district on the far western outskirts of the capital.
At Toufash Kroush's home, where the bombing took place late on Sunday, pools of blood covered the floor. Flies swirled over mounds of rice and lamb, set out in the garden for the outdoor feast Toufash had arranged to celebrate the release of his son Sami from a U.S. prison camp.
Sami was among those killed.
"They were having the feast when a stranger walked in and blew himself up. It is a criminal act. I cannot believe that a Muslim man could do it," said Abu Ahmed, a neighbour.
"All those who were killed are innocent people. What did the children do? What did the women do? Most of those killed are elderly people."
Police said 25 people had been killed and 38 wounded, some of them evacuated in U.S. military helicopters.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Ağustos 2008, 11:55