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At least 30 die, 45 wounded in Dujail car bombing

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  • Suicide bomber struck police station
  • 15 of the wounded are in critical condition, Interior Ministry says
  • Most casualties were outside the reinforced building
  • Police station is in commercial center of Dujail

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least 30 people were killed and 45 were wounded by a suicide car bomb Friday in the town of Dujail north of Baghdad, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

The bomber struck the Dujail police station, but the casualties included only one policeman.

Almost all the casualties were outside the station because it is fortified with concrete barriers and blast walls, the ministry said.

The station is in the commercial center of Dujail, and its markets and shops were crowded with people buying food before Iftar, the Ramadan meal at which people break their fast at sunset.

Multi-National Division North issued a separate news release on the bombing, putting the toll at 31 killed and 40 wounded, and omitting the word "suicide" from its description of the truck. Coalition military casualty counts are often lower than those given by Iraqis.

Two of the wounded were members of Iraqi Security Forces.

The Iraqi Interior Ministry said the bomb was in a "big vehicle" carrying a very large amount of explosives.

The ministry said 15 of the wounded were in critical condition and were moved to a U.S. military medical facility nearby. Others were taken to hospitals in Dujail or nearby Balad, it said.

The attack happened around 6 p.m., shortly before sundown, it said.

Dujail, which is about 40 miles (60 km) north of Baghdad, is a predominantly Shiite town.

In 2006 Saddam Hussein was executed for crimes against humanity his regime committed in this town after a failed assassination attempt against him in 1982.

Dujail is about 40 miles (60 KM) north of Baghdad and is a predominantly a Shiite town.

In 2006, Saddam Hussein was executed for crimes against humanity his regime committed in Dujail following a failed assassination attempt in 1982.

The bombing comes on the same day a militant who recruited female suicide bombers in Iraq was killed by coalition forces during a raid in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

Troops hunted for the the militant and another insurgent, and when surveillance teams found them they called in a supporting aircraft before killing them, the military said.

The raid took place about 80 miles (130 kilometers), northeast of Baghdad. It was among several military operations Thursday and Friday against al Qaeda in Iraq.

One of the insurgents killed was a cell leader of an al Qaeda network in the Hamrin Mountains region, the military said. The network runs "terrorist training camps and recruits female suicide bombers to conduct attacks against civilians and security forces."

Insurgent groups have used women as bombers and weapons smugglers because they know women are rarely inspected thoroughly at checkpoints.

The military has used a program called Daughters of Iraq to combat the trend. The program is a spinoff of Sons of Iraq, which employs Iraqi men to run checkpoints and other security work. The Daughters of Iraq are being trained to search females at security checkpoints, something which men are forbidden to do in Iraqi culture.

Other developments:

• A suicide attack killed two people and wounded 15 at a Shiite Mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Sinjar, police said. The city is in Nineveh province west of Mosul.

• A civilian and a police officer were killed in a drive-by shooting in Mosul, police said.

• A bomb attached to a car wounded five people standing in line near an Iraqi army checkpoint in western Baghdad. Four civilians were at the checkpoint and the fifth was the driver, who police said was unaware the bomb was attached to his car.

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