A suicide bomber rode a bicycle into an Iraqi police compound in Baquba today, killing 28 officers and wounding 20 others, including a woman and a child, in the bloodiest attack on security forces in months. Authorities suspect al Qaeda, which has vowed increased attacks on security forces and Sunni tribal leaders who have allied themselves with the US, Reuters reports.
Police were performing morning exercises when a witness saw a man ride his bicycle through a gap in the compound wall. Moments later the explosion sounded. Baquba is the capital of Diyala, an extremely volatile, ethnically-mixed province north of Baghdad. US forces in June routed al Qaeda from the province with the help of tribal militias.