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45 killed, 121 wounded in Iraq suicide bombing

08-17-2010 17:03 BJT

BAGHDAD, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of a suicide bombing in Baghdad on Tuesday has risen to 45, while 121 others were wounded, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.

"The explosion targeting an army recruitment center at Bab al- Muazem area in Baghdad occurred at local time 7:30 a.m. (0430 GMT), it was an old building of the Defense Ministry, now up to 45 people were dead and 121 others were wounded," said the source on condition of anonymity.

Most of the victims were army recruits, three soldiers who were protecting the recruitment center were also killed, the source added.

The police has cordoned off the area after the deadly attack, while siren of ambulances can be heard around the city, the source said.

The bombing was the bloodiest attack in the past weeks in Iraq. No group has claimed responsibility for it yet.

Violence and some high-profile attacks are still common in Iraqi cities as part of recent deterioration in security which shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country about five months after violence-torn Iraq held parliamentary elections on March 7.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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