Iraq Suicide Bombings Kill 48

An Iraqi man is pulled back as he cries over the body of one of two dead brothers who were killed in a suicide attack while lining up for jobs at an Iraqi army recruiting center in Baghdad, Sunday, July 10, 2005. AP

A man strapped with explosives blew himself up Sunday at a military recruiting center, one of series of suicide attacks that killed at least 48 people. Five U.S. troops were wounded in a bombing as the prime minister complained Americans were too quick to fire on civilians deemed suspicious.

Sunday's deadliest attack occurred at the army recruiting center at Muthana airfield in central Baghdad when a man dressed in civilian clothes detonated two explosive-laden belts among a crowd of recruits, killing 25 others and wounding 49, U.S. and hospital officials said. Most of the dead were believed to have been recruits.

Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility in a Web posting but the authenticity could not be verified. In February, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the same garrison, killing 21 people.

In other recent developments :

  • A Shiite mother and seven of her children were found shot dead in their beds Sunday in Baghdad. One boy survived, police said. The distraught father, who was not at home at the time, blamed the killings on sectarian hatred.

  • The body of kidnapped Iraqi karate association chief Ali Shakir was found floating in the Tigris river southeast of Baghdad. It was not known why Shakir, a 38-year-old former Iraq karate and judo champion, was abducted.

  • Iraqi police may have foiled a planned attack on Kuwait's embassy when officers found a rocket propelled grenade round near the mission's southeast entrance, the U.S. military said Sunday.

  • An aspiring Iranian-American filmmaker who has been detained by the U.S. military for nearly two months without being charged was released Sunday, officials said. Cyrus Kar, 44, was taken into custody May 17 near Balad when potential bomb parts were found in a taxi in which he was riding. His family had filed a lawsuit accusing the federal government of violating his civil rights by holding him even after he the FBI cleared him of suspicion.

    In Sunday's other attacks, two suicide car bombers killed at least seven Iraqi customs officials at the Walid border crossing point into Syria, the U.S. military said. Syrian authorities closed the crossing point, turning back about 300 Iraqis trying to return home, a Syrian source said on condition of anonymity.

    Separately, a suicide car bomber rammed into a police convoy carrying an Iraqi brigadier general near the northern city of Mosul, killing five policemen and wounding three, the U.S. military and police said. The senior officer was not injured.

    A suicide car bomb also exploded in Kirkuk, killing at least four civilians and wounding 15, according to police. A second car bomb was rigged to explode as rescuers rushed to the scene, but it was found and detonated by American troops, police reported.

    Two other suicide car bombers struck in Fallujah and Ramadi, the U.S. Marines said. One Iraqi civilian was killed and one Marine was wounded.
    • Joel Roberts

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