Suicide Bomber Kills 28 at Baghdad Police Academy

Police recruits targeted as US prepares to withdraw
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Mar 8, 2009 6:51 AM CDT
Relatives load a coffin containing the body of a policeman killed in a suicide bombing outside the police academy in Baghdad today.   (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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(Newser) – At least 28 people were killed and 57 wounded today when a suicide bomber struck Baghdad's main police academy, Reuters reports. The attack, carried out by a man on a motorbike wearing a vest packed with explosives, marks the first major strike in Baghdad in over a month. Police recruits have long been targeted by militants, and their numbers are rising as Iraq strengthens its security forces in preparation for the withdrawal of US troops.

"We know recruits are a favorite target for suicide bombers. We tell them to come in small groups instead of big groups, but they don't pay attention," said an academy official. "This is the result—a suicide bomber managed to infiltrate and explode himself."