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Suicide Bomber Attacks Baghdad Recruitment Center

2 July 2005 -- A suicide bomber strapped with explosives killed at least 12 people today outside a police recruitment center in western Baghdad.

An Interior Ministry spokesman, Colonel Adnan Abdul Rahman, said the attacker wore a belt packed with explosives and blew himself up outside a recruiting center in the capital's Yarmouk neighborhood.

He said most of those killed were recruits. Twenty people had originally been reported killed in the blast, but that
figure was later revised down to 12. Ahmed Qassim, a doctor at a hospital in Yarmouk, told Reuters more than 20 additional people were wounded in the blast.

"We received wounded from a blast at al-Nisoor Square. The number of casualties brought to the hospital is 21 wounded and 12 dead. Some of the cases were referred to other hospitals for treatment," Qassim said.

Elsewhere, the media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders has condemned the killing of an Iraqi television producer in the northern city of Mosul.

Khalid al-Attar, who worked for a political satire program on Al-Iraqiya television, was abducted by unidentified gunmen and shot dead yesterday. Reporters Without Borders says al-Attar is the ninth journalist to be killed in Mosul.


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