Bombs targeting security forces kill more than 30 in Baghdad, Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Multiple bombs that hit Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and Mosul have killed at least 33 people and wounded dozens more.

Four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi general were among the wounded.

The bloodiest attack in the capital began when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives vest packed with ball-bearings in a line of recruits at the entrance to Baghdad's police academy. Minutes later, the U.S. military says a car parked 150 yards away exploded, apparently aimed at those responding to the first blast. At least 16 people were killed and nearly 50 wounded.

In Mosul, police say a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives as a joint U.S.-Iraqi convoy drove by in a crowded commercial area. At least 15 people were killed and 30 wounded in that attack, officials said.

The wave of violence took place after U.S. combat deaths dropped to eight in November -- one of the lowest monthly levels of the war.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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