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Iraq bomb kills police recruits

Iraqi police recruits (generic image)
Iraqi police recruits have been frequently targeted by bombers

At least 25 people have been killed and more than 40 others injured in a suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi province of Diyala, police say.

The bomber attacked a queue of police recruits in the town of Jalawlah, just before midday local time (0900 GMT).

This is the latest in a series of attacks, launched mainly by Sunni Islamists in Diyala.

Last month, Iraqi forces detained hundreds of people in the province in operations against Sunni insurgents.

Stopped by police

The suicide bomber ran into a crowd of young Iraqis outside a police recruitment centre in the town of Jalawlah before detonating an explosive vest, according to local police.

Map showing Jalawlah in Diyalah Province in Iraq
Diyala is one of Iraq's most dangerous regions

The attacker is reported to have arrived at the recruitment centre by car, where his vehicle was stopped by police.

However, he is reported to have jumped out of the car and run into the crowd of recruits.

Diyala has emerged as one of Iraq's most dangerous regions.

Groups in the province linked to al-Qaeda regularly attack members of Sunni "Awakening" groups - former insurgents who have turned against al-Qaeda and which are supported and financed by the US military.

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