August 30, 2006

Bomb kills three at Iraqi army center

HILLA, Iraq (Reuters) - A bomb exploded at an Iraqi army
recruitment center in the town of Hilla, south of Baghdad, on
Wednesday, killing at least three people, police said.

A second police officer put the death toll at five.

The sources said the bomb, which they initially believed to
have been planted in a car, appeared to have been left on a
bicycle. Crowds of young men outside recruiting centers for the
army and police have been frequent targets of suicide bombers.

Hilla, 100 km (65 miles) south of the capital, is a mainly
Shi'ite city with many Sunni Arabs living in the surrounding
province. It has previously been hit by big suicide bombings
but had been quiet of late.