Suicide bomber kills 23 Iraqi army recruits

2014-01-09 13:52
Iraqi soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, training at Muthanna Airfield in Baghdad. (HO, AFP)

Iraqi soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, training at Muthanna Airfield in Baghdad. (HO, AFP)

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Baghdad - A suicide bomber killed 23 Iraqi army recruits and wounded more than 30 in Baghdad on Thursday, police said, in an attack on men responding to a government appeal for volunteers to help fight al-Qaeda-linked militants in Anbar province.

Police said a man with an explosive vest had blown himself up as recruits were registering their names at the small Muthanna airfield, now used by the army in the Iraqi capital.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred a day after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed to eradicate al-Qaeda in Iraq.

In a televised address on Wednesday, he predicted victory as his army prepared to launch an offensive against Sunni Islamist militants who have taken over parts of the city of Falluja.

Fighters from the al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), which is also active across the border in Syria, overran police stations in Falluja and another city in Iraq's western Anbar province last week.

The government had asked last week for volunteers to join the military effort against al-Qaeda.

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