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Police recruits die in Iraq blast

Thirty people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on police recruits in Saddam Hussein's home town.

A policeman said the bomber slipped into a crowd of about 100 people waiting to apply for jobs with Iraq's security forces in Tikrit, some 80 miles north of the capital Baghdad. He said another 22 people were injured in the attack.

Army and police recruitment centres are frequent targets for militants, underscoring the determination of applicants to risk their lives for work in Iraq, which has an unemployment rate estimated as high as 30%.

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