Iraqi authorities say a suicide bomber has killed at least 25 people outside an Iraqi army recruitment center near the border with Syria.
Police say dozens more people were wounded in the attack in the town of Rabiah, about 10 kilometers east of the Syrian border.
In an Internet statement, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror group, al-Qaida in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying one of their members carried out the attack using an explosives belt. It was not possible to authenticate the claim of responsibility.
Iraqi security forces and police are frequent targets of insurgents.
In other developments, ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein appeared before the Iraqi Special Tribunal Thursday to answer questions about the repression of a Shi'ite uprising in 1991.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.