Suicide attack on Iraq police centre kills 14

Tikrit (Iraq), Jan 18 (AFP) A suicide bomber blewhimself up in a crowded police recruitment centre in the Iraqicity of Tikrit today, killing at least 14 people and wounding32, police and security officials said.

The attack occurred at around 10:15 am (0715 GMT) inthe centre of the city, 160 kilometres (100 miles) north ofBaghdad, a police officer and an official in the SalaheddinOperations Command said.

"A suicide attacker blew himself up at a policerecruitment centre in the middle of Tikrit this morning," theofficer said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "So far, 14people have died and 32 are wounded."

The death toll was the highest from a single attacksince Al-Qaeda insurgents stormed a Baghdad church with theensuing siege leading to the deaths of 44 worshippers, twopriests and seven security force members.

Insurgents have also targeted security recruitmentcentres in the past. A suicide bomber blew himself up in acrowded army recruitment centre in Baghdad on August 17,killing 59 people and leaving 100 others wounded. (AFP)

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