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5/4/05-Baghdad, Iraq

Bomber Kills At Least 50 In Iraq

At least 50 people are dead this morning in another insurgent attack in Iraq.

The U.S. military said at least 50 Iraqis were killed, making it the deadliest insurgent attack in more than two months. Police say an Iraqi man carrying hidden explosives entered a police recruitment center in the northern city of Irbil and blew it up. The U.S. military says at least 50 Iraqis were killed, but Iraqi media put the figure at 60 dead and as many as 150 injured.

Ambulances and cabs have been frantically taking casualties to the hospital. Many of the victims were people applying for police jobs.

The U.S. is hoping Iraqi security officers will be able to reduce the role now being played by American soldiers in fighting the insurgency.

Today's attack is shaping up as the worst in Iraq since the February suicide car bombing that killed 110 people outside a medical clinic in a town south of Baghdad.

Militants have stepped up their attacks across Iraq in the last week, often targeting convoys of U.S. and Iraqi troops, and Iraqi police on patrol or at recruitment centers. A key goal of U.S. troops is to eventually train enough Iraqi security forces to reduce the role now being played by the Americans in fighting the insurgency.

So far, some 200 people have been killed in insurgent attacks since last week's approval of a partial Cabinet that largely shut out Sunnis Arabs.

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