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Death Toll Rises To 40 From Northern Iraq Suicide Attack


30 July 2005 -- Police say the number of people killed by the 29 July suicide bomb attack at a military-recruitment center in northern Iraq has risen to at least 40.

Police said 57 people were wounded when a suicide bomber wearing a belt of explosives blew himself up among Iraqi Army volunteers in the town of Rabia, northwest of Mosul.

An earlier toll put the number of dead at 25 and those wounded at 35 from the blast.

An Internet statement posted in the name of Al-Qaeda in Iraq said the group led by Jordanian-born Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi carried out the attack. The authenticity of the claim could not be confirmed.

Also today, police said the bodies of two Baghdad International Airport employees and their driver were discovered in a field in southwestern Baghdad. The men were kidnapped earlier this week.

(AP)

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