At least 65 people were killed today and 160 others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest at a police recruitment center in Tikrit, in the northern province of Salaheddin.
The recruitment center had a massive line of applicants out front, and the vast majority of the casualties, according to local police, were would-be recruits who were waiting for permission to enter the center.
The provincial government has announced a three day period of mourning, and some of the more severely wounded have been transferred to hospitals in Kirkuk and Mosul, after the local hospital was overwhelmed by casualties.
The attack is the deadliest in months and the latest indication that, despite claims that the insurgency is in retreat, they remain capable of launching mass-casualty attacks aimed at security infrastructure.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- US-Led Airstrikes Killed 472 Civilians in Syria in the Past Month - June 23rd, 2017
- US Narrows Counter-Extremism Program to Focus on Islamists - June 23rd, 2017
- Senator: US Strikes on Syrian Forces 'Unlawful' - June 23rd, 2017
- Kurds Warn Turkey's Buildup in North Syria Threatens Raqqa Invasion - June 23rd, 2017
- Senators Seek Clarification on US Role in Yemen Torture - June 23rd, 2017