Five killed in Iraq suicide attack

Baghdad, April 2: At least five people were killed and 16 others wounded in a suicide attack at a recruitment centre in Iraq’s northern province of Kirkuk Wednesday.

The attack occurred in the morning when a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden vest among a crowd of young men who were lining up to join the Iraqi Army at a recruitment centre outside the city of al- Riyadh, some 45 km southwest of the provincial capital Kirkuk, the source said on condition of anonymity.

The toll could rise as ambulances and army vehicles were evacuating the casualties to the city hospitals and medical centers, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

The ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the Iraq’s capital Baghdad, is part of the disputed areas claimed by the Kurds as well as Arabs and Turkomans.