Bombing in Iraq kills 7 police recruits

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- An Iraqi police general says a bombing near a restive northern city has killed seven police recruits and wounded 17 as they were lining up to apply for jobs.

Kirkuk police commander Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir says the recruits had gathered in a parking lot on Sunday morning outside a military base about 10 kilometers (six miles) outside the city of Kirkuk.

He says the recruits were applying for jobs as police with the state-run Northern Oil Co.

Kirkuk has been an Iraq flashpoint for years. Iraqi Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen all claim to a stake to its oil-rich land.

Last week, three Shiite mosques were attacked in Kirkuk in bombings that killed eight people. The city is located 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad.


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