Iraqi police recruits killed in blast - UPDATED

A suicide bomber attacked Iraqi police recruits on Tuesday in Tikrit, killing at least 42 and wounding over 100, officials said.

Iraqi police recruits killed in blast - UPDATED


A suicide bomber attacked Iraqi police recruits on Tuesday in Tikrit, killing at least 42 and wounding over 100, officials said.

Ahmed Abdul-Jabbar, deputy governor of Salahuddin province, said the attack took place outside a police recruiting centre where Iraqi men were lining up hoping to get a job.

Abdul-Jabbar put the death toll at 42. Raed Ibrahim, head of the health department in the province, said 45 were killed and more than 150 wounded, while Interior Ministry sources in Baghdad said 50 people had died.

A police source in the city, 150 km (95 miles) north of Baghdad, said the main hospital was overwhelmed. Mosques broadcast appeals for residents to donate blood.

"The hospital theatre now is full of dead and wounded young people. Ambulances are still evacuating casualties," the police source said at the hospital, asking not to be identified.

A police spokesman said that, at the time of the attack, more than 300 people were standing in line with their documents, hoping to get a $500-a-month job as a police trainee.

"There were many killed and wounded. The place was full of dead and wounded guys," he said.

Police recruit Murtadha Ahmed said he was standing in line, hoping to get a job, when the attack took place.

"Suddenly I heard a severe explosion. I don't know what happened after that," he said. "When I opened my eyes I found myself in the hospital and (nurses) were dressing my wounds."

Agencies

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