Suicide attacks kill 32 in Iraq

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The Independent Online

At least 32 people were killed and scores injured in a series of bomb attacks on US and Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul yesterday.

At least 16 were killed and 46 wounded in a double bombing near a police academy in eastern Baghdad. A suicide attacker detonated an explosives vest packed with ball-bearings at an entrance to the academy, then a car bomb exploded 150 yards away. The Iraqi military said 11 were killed and 34 wounded, while the US military said 15 Iraqi police were killed and 35 people were injured. In Mosul, a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives as a joint US-Iraqi convoy drove by, police said. At least 15 – mostly civilians – were killed and 30 injured. Earlier, a senior Defence Ministry official was injured in a roadside bomb attack in Baghdad that killed one of his bodyguards.