Dozens killed in suicide bombing at recruiting center

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BAGHDAD (AP) - It's the latest attack to raise questions about the ability of Iraqi forces to provide security as U.S. Troops head home.

A suicide bomber killed 61 people today at a military headquarters in Baghdad where hundreds of Army recruits had gathered.

Authorities say the attacker had sat for hours among the recruits before detonating explosives packed with nails.

Though Iraq's military and police recruiting centers have been attacked repeatedly, there was virtually no security provided there.

Some of the estimated 1,000 men who had gathered before dawn for a good spot in line were so desperate for work they returned hours after being treated at hospitals for injuries in the attack.

The attack was one of the bloodiest bombings in months in the Iraqi capital and was an embarrassment for Iraq's military as it tries to reassure the nation it can fill the gap left by America's departing military.

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