Officials: 16 Killed In Iraqi Police Academy Blast


Salon Staff
February 19, 2012 4:00PM (UTC)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Police say a suicide bomber has killed 16 people and wounded 26 in a crowd of police recruits who were leaving their academy in eastern Baghdad.

It's the latest strike on Iraqi security officials who are often targeted by insurgents seeking to underscore how vulnerable the country remains.

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Iraqi police said the bomber detonated his car Sunday outside the fortified national Police Academy compound when the crowd of recruits came out and began walking down the street.

Officials at three nearby hospitals confirmed the casualties.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say eight people have been killed by an explosion in a crowd of police recruits in Baghdad.

Police said the recruits were leaving the national Police Academy near the Ministry of Interior in eastern Baghdad around midday.

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Twenty-one people were wounded in the blast. A hospital official confirmed the casualties.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Insurgents often target Iraqi security officials to underscore how vulnerable to violence the country remains.

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