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Suicide Bomber Kills 27 at Iraqi Police Base

By VOA News
29 October 2007

Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber on a bicycle has killed at least 27 people at a police base in Baquba, north of Baghdad.

The bomber struck Monday morning as police recruits gathered for a training session. Twenty other people were wounded in the attack.

Baquba is the capital of Iraq's Diyala province, where Sunni Arab tribesmen and militants have joined U.S. and Iraqi forces in fighting al-Qaida in recent months. Ten tribal leaders from Diyala were kidnapped Sunday after they met a government official in Baghdad.

In other developments, the U.S. military handed over security responsibilities to Iraqi authorities in the mostly Shi'ite province of Karbala. It is the eighth of Iraq's 18 provinces returned to Iraqi security control.

Karbala is home to the shrines of two revered Shi'ite imams (Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas). In August, clashes in Karbala between rival Shi'ite fighters killed at least 52 people during a major religious festival.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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