BAGHDAD, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Up to 22 Iraqi army recruits were killed and 25 others wounded on Thursday in a suicide bomb attack at an army recruitment center in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a security official said.
"The final toll by the terrorist bombing which targeted recruits in the central part of the capital of Baghdad is 22 dead and 25 wounded," Brigadier General Saad Maan, the spokesman of Baghdad Operations Command, said in a statement.
The spokesman, whose command is responsible for security in Baghdad, said that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who blew up his explosive vest among a crowd of recruits at an army base at the edge of the abandoned al-Muthanna airport.
The blast targeted young men who enlisted with the army to join the battles against al-Qaida militants in the western province of Anbar, it said.
Earlier in the day, a police source put the toll at four killed and some 20 wounded, citing initial police reports which said the attack was a car bomb explosion.
Iraq is witnessing its worst violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, a total of 8,868 Iraqis were killed in 2013, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police officials, which marks highest annual death toll in years.