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Car bomb against army recruits kills 8 in Baghdad

Militants opposed to the Iraqi government frequently target security forces with bombings and shootings

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A car bomb targeting army recruits killed at least eight people and wounded 12 in Baghdad on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

The bombing occurred near a taxi and bus station where men who had submitted applications to join the army were preparing to return to their homes.

The blast followed another against army recruits in the capital on Thursday, when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt, killing 23 people.

Militants opposed to the Iraqi government frequently target security forces with bombings and shootings.

Meanwhile, a bombing targeting a general in northern Iraq Sunday damaged his vehicle but left him unharmed, an official said, the latest of several attacks in the normally peaceful Kurdish region in recent months.

The magnetic “sticky bomb” attached to Brigadier General Bakhtiyar Fayikh’s car detonated around 8:00 am (0500 GMT) outside his home in eastern Sulaimaniyah, the second-biggest city in the three-province autonomous region of Kurdistan.

Fayikh is a member of the asayesh, Kurdistan’s internal security force.

Violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when the country was emerging from a period of brutal sectarian killings.

More than 400 people have been killed in fighting and attacks so far this month, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

(With AFP)