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15 killed, 21 wounded in suicide bomb attack in Baghdad

(Xinhua)

08:13, February 20, 2012

BAGHDAD, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed and 21 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a police academy in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.

The attack took place in the afternoon when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest at the entrance of the police academy in Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity.

The powerful blast destroyed several police and civilian vehicles at the scene, the source said.

The toll could rise as ambulances, police and civilian cars evacuated the casualties to different hospitals and medical centers in Baghdad, the source added.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks are still common in Iraqi cities despite the sharp decrease of violence over the past few years.

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