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Suicide bomber kills at least 14 in Iraq police centre

AFP, Tuesday 18 Jan 2011
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A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded police recruitment centre in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding 32, police and security officials said.

The attack occurred at around 07:15 GMT in the centre of the city, 160 kilometres north of Baghdad, a police officer and an official in the Salaheddin Operations Command said.

"A suicide attacker blew himself up at a police recruitment centre in the middle of Tikrit this morning," the officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "So far, 14 people have died and 32 are wounded."

The death toll was the highest from a single attack since Al-Qaeda insurgents stormed a Baghdad church with the ensuing siege leading to the deaths of 44 worshippers, two priests and seven security force members.

Insurgents have also targeted security recruitment centres in the past. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded army recruitment centre in Baghdad on August 17, killing 59 people and leaving 100 others wounded.

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