Bombings Kill 31 in Baghdad, Mosul

Suicide attacks rock police academy, US-Iraqi patrol
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 1, 2008 7:40 AM CST
US soldiers stand by the crater created by a car bomb near the entrance to a police academy in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008.    (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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(Newser) – Suicide bombers struck today near a Baghdad police academy and in Mosul against a joint US-Iraqi patrol, together killing 31 people, Iraqi officials said. In Baghdad, a car bomb exploded outside the heavily fortified academy. Minutes later, a suicide attacker blew himself up as police rushed to respond to the blast. Sixteen people were killed and 45 were wounded, police said.

The attacker apparently was a teenage boy. In Mosul, a suicide attacker apparently targeting a US-Iraqi patrol in the western part of the city killed 15 people, officials said. It was a grim reminder of the dangers facing Iraqis as they try to take over their own security. Iraq’s parliament last week approved a security pact that would let Americans stay in Iraq for three more years to help maintain stability.