Iraq has been rocked by one of its bloodiest attacks in weeks in the midst of a political crisis following the country’s inconclusive election.
At least 57 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the capital Baghdad.
More than a 100 were also caught in the blast which ripped through an army recruitment centre near to a main bus station in the city.
The bombing comes a only a day after talks to form a coalition government between Iraq’s two main parties fell apart.
It also comes as the US prepares to pull 50,000 combat troops out of the country later this month.
Those with serious injuries were rushed to local hospitals.
One Iraqi army source said there may have been two suicide bombers, a hallmark of Sunni Islamist al Qaeda and its local affiliates.
Suicide attack targets Iraqi army base