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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C
In this image from mobile phone video people look on the scene where at least 60 people were killed and 125 wounded in Iraq.
# Iraq
Suicide bomber kills 50 in Iraq
Explosion struck an army recruitment office in Baghdad.

A SUICIDE BOMBER in Baghdad has killed at least 60 people, AP reports. Over 120 people were injured.

The bomb exploded among hundreds of army recruits gathering near a military headquarters.

One witness said he saw the bomber walk up to an officer and blow himself up. The witness was covered in blood and body parts.

A larger then normal crowd had gathered today because of a renewed drive to encourage new recruits to sign up for service. Around 1,000 are believed to have been waiting outside the Ministry of Defence building when the bomb exploded this morning.

The bombing highlights the huge security threat facing Iraqi authorities. This timeline from the Montreal Gazette charts the hundreds of deaths caused by bombings across Iraq this year alone.

US troops are due to pull out of Iraq in two weeks’ time, despite the concerns of Iraq’s army chief: