Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of army recruits Tuesday northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 28 people, Iraqi police said. The explosion at the Saad military camp in Baqouba, 35 miles from Baghdad, also injured at least 55 recruits, a police official said.
The U.S. military confirmed the attack, saying it occurred around 8 a.m. It gave a lower death toll, saying 16 Iraqi police recruits were killed and 30 others wounded.
A security official said the two bombers, one of them dressed in an Iraqi military uniform, detonated their explosives-filled vests at a recruitment centre at the base where young men had arrived to join the army. According to AFP, a local police officer said the victims were from a first batch of men who had been called from across the province to participate in a military recruitment drive.