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A car bomb exploded outside a police academy yesterday
A car bomb exploded outside a police academy yesterday, and when police set up a checkpoint to close the area, a second car bomb went off, authorities said. At least six Iraqis were killed and 25 wounded, a hospital official said. The carefully coordinated attack by insurgents in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, occurred as new recruits at the academy were about to travel to Amman, Jordan, for a training program, said police Lieutenant Shalan Allawi. At Tikrit General Hospital, Doctor Mohammed Ayash said four policemen and two civilians were killed by the bombs, and 23 policemen and two civilians wounded. Tikrit is 130 kilometers north of Baghdad, reports the Taiwan News. According to CNN News, word of the blasts came just hours after news of two suicide car bombs in Tikrit, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) north of Baghdad. The Tikrit bombs exploded just 15 minutes and a short distance apart, killing at least six people and wounding 26 others at an Iraqi police academy, according to an official with Tikrit's governor's office. Police were responding to the first explosion -- which happened in front of the police academy at 8 a.m. (12 a.m. ET) -- when the second car bomb detonated close by at the meteorology building, the official said. The attack in Tikrit, deposed ruler Saddam Hussein's hometown, occurred as new recruits at the academy were about to travel to the Jordanian capital of Amman for a training program, The Associated Press quoted police Lt. Shalan Allawi as saying
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