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Iraq suicide bombings kill 23, wound dozens more
July 10, 2005 16:12 IST
Suicide bombings struck Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 23 and wounding dozens more in three attacks on an army recruiting centre, a police convoy and civilians, authorities said.
In the deadliest blast, a man strapped with explosives blew himself up at a west Baghdad airfield now used as a military recruiting centre, the police said.
Early casualty reports varied, with a hospital official reporting at least 16 dead, while a Defence Ministry employee reported up to 25 killed.
The explosion occurred just before 10.30 am at the recruiting centre, which has been hit several times earlier by suicide attackers.
About 400 would-be recruits jammed the gate on Sunday before the bomber detonated himself, Police Sgt Ali
A Defence Ministry employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, reported 25 dead and 25 wounded.
He said he was citing figures from the ministry's operations room.
Separately, a suicide car bomber rammed into a police convoy near the northern city of Mosul, killing four policemen
The convoy was carrying Brig Gen Salim Salih Meshaal, who escaped injury.
In a third attack, a suicide car bomb exploded in Kirkuk, killing at least three civilians and wounding 16 more, the police
The attack occurred on a highway near a hospital and municipal building.
The bomber used a Mercedes Benz and the force of the blast toppled a few trees and shattered several windows in
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