A suicide bomber struck an army recruitment center in a busy part of central Baghdad early Tuesday morning, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 100, according to the BBC.


The BBC’s Hugh Sykes in Baghdad says that a suicide bomber walked up to the army recruitment centre where hundreds of people had been queuing for hours — some since Monday evening.

Unemployment in Iraq is running high and people are desperate for jobs.

The attack happened in a busy area close to one of the city’s main bus stations, our correspondent says, adding that the streets would have been full of people early in the morning, making it easy for a suicide bomber to pass unnoticed.

Severed limbs were strewn across the street, which troops cordoned off as Iraqis turned up to look for relatives.

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