Sunday, May 6, 2007
BAGHDAD, May 5 -- At least 15 people were killed Saturday when a suicide bomber walked into an Iraqi army recruiting center west of Baghdad and detonated explosives.
No group asserted responsibility for the attack, which occurred in the predominantly Sunni town of Abu Ghraib, about 20 miles west of the capital, police said. The dead included 10 recruits and five soldiers, officials said. An additional 22 people were wounded.
Iraqi security forces are frequently targeted by Sunni insurgents who accuse them of collaborating with U.S.-led efforts to stabilize the country.
The attack was the deadliest in a series of attacks that left at least 74 people dead nationwide.
A suicide car bomber tore through a police station in western Baghdad, killing a policeman. The bullet-riddled bodies of five policemen dressed in civilian clothes were found late Friday in a deserted field north of Baghdad, with identity documents showing they were from the Sunni city of Ramadi, 60 miles west of the capital.
At least 50 other Iraqi civilians were killed or found dead Saturday, including three youths who died in a mortar attack while they were playing soccer in a southern Shiite enclave in Baghdad and two people killed when a bomb hidden under a car exploded in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Karrada, in the center of the capital.
The bodies of 29 people who were apparently shot to death by so-called sectarian death squads were found in Baghdad and other cities, including that of a Sunni surgeon who had been kidnapped three days ago in the northern city of Mosul.