Suicide bombing in Iraq kills 52 police recruits

“BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of police recruits on Tuesday, killing at least 52 people and undercutting Iraqi security efforts as the nation struggles to show it can protect itself without foreign help.

The death toll was still rising hours after police said the bomber joined hundreds of waiting recruits and detonated his explosives-packed vest outside the police station in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

The group of recruits was the first to vie for 2,000 new police jobs that Iraq’s Interior Ministry recently approved for Salahuddin. They were waiting for interviews and medical checks as part of the application process, police said.”

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