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Iraq's security forces targeted in two attacks

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Iraq's national police forces were targeted in two suicide bombings in the past two days, marking the deadliest round of violence in Iraq in the past three months and highlighting the particular danger that the country's police face.

On Tuesday, a suicide bomber wearing a vest stuffed with explosives killed at least 50 people outside a police recruitment station in Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The explosives detonated in the middle of a group of about 100 police volunteers waiting to be interviewed, according to BBC.

No terrorist organization has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but according to The New York Times, the style of bombing bore the marks of the Islamic State of Iraq, a group affiliated with Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).

The deadly violence continued Wednesday morning, when two men rammed an ambulance into a police station in Baquba, a city about 40 miles northeast of Baghdad, in volatile province of Diyala.


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