51 killed, 119 injured in Baghdad suicide bomb blast

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London, Aug.17 (ANI): At least 51 people have been killed and a further 119 injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up among dozens of Iraqi army recruits in Baghdad.

A Daily Express report revealed that the massive blast took place just outside the former Iraqi ministry of defence building that now houses the army's 11th division headquarters.

It said recruits were gathered in an open area next to Maidan Square in central Baghdad as they waited to be let through the main gates in small groups, according to two Iraqi police officials.

At least three soldiers are among the dead and eight among the wounded.

Officials at four Baghdad hospitals confirmed the casualties. (ANI)

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