By STEPHEN FARRELL
Published: August 17, 2010
BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber penetrated apparently lax security measures at an Iraqi army recruiting office in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing dozens of recruits in the first major bombing of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The attack comes in the fraught period just ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline for American forces to reduce their numbers.
Iraqi soldiers said they pulled at least 40 bodies away from the scene, where a large pool of bloodstained water and a pile of flip-flops sat in the middle of a square beside the vast security walls that shielded those inside the former Ministry of Defense building, but not those who had lined up outside. Iraqi officials at the Ministry of Interior and the nearest hospital said the death toll was at least 48, with more than 120 wounded.