A suicide car bomber struck at the gates of Baghdad’s police academy on Sunday afternoon as recruits were leaving the compound, ending weeks of relative calm here after a particularly violent January.
The attack killed 15 people and wounded 21, according to an official at the Interior Ministry, and several of the dead were police recruits, a common target for insurgents. Differing accountings of casualties often emerge after attacks, and The Associated Press reported a higher death toll — 20 killed and 28 wounded.
The police academy, on the northeastern edge of the capital, is next to the fortified home for many American advisers and support staff members who oversee the State Department’s training program for the Iraqi police. No Americans were wounded, officials said.