Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Suicide bomb hits Baghdad police academy

A suicide bomber struck at the entrance of the main police academy in Baghdad today, killing over two dozen people and wounding dozens of others, officials said.

The bomber detonated his explosives near a side entrance of the academy, which is in a mainly Shiite area of eastern Baghdad.

One police officer said the bomber was riding a motorcycle when he drove into the line, but the Interior Ministry said the method of attack had not yet been determined.

Baghdad’s main police academy has been hit by several bombings. Another suicide bombing there killed at least 33 people and wounded dozens on December 1.

Iraqi officials provided conflicting casualty tolls.

Three medical officials and one police officer in the area where the bombing occurred said 26 people were killed and nearly 60 wounded. A police officer said 28 were killed and 57 wounded.

Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Abdul-Karim Khalaf said earlier that 16 people were killed and about 30 wounded.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack.

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