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Iraqi Official: Insurgents Behind Massacre May Have Had Inside Help

An Iraqi official says the massacre of nearly 50 U.S.-trained Iraqi army recruits near the Iranian border may have been set up by insurgent infiltrators within their ranks.

The Deputy Governor of Diyala province - Aqil Hamid al-Adili - told al-Arabiya television that is the only way the gunmen could have known when the troops were departing the military base near Baquba. He also said the attackers apparently knew the recruits were unarmed as they traveled in vans to their homes in the south late Saturday.

In other developments, at least 11 Iraqi civilians and a U.S. soldier were killed Monday in insurgent attacks in the Iraqi capital and several other urban centers.

A roadside bomb blast in Baghdad killed a U.S. soldier and wounded five bystanders. Three Iraqi civilians were killed and eight others were wounded in a car bomb attack near the Australian embassy.

In Mosul, two car bomb explosions killed at least three people. At least three other Iraqis were killed in fighting in Ramadi.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.