11 Iraqi police recruits killed

May 19, 2008 1:53:06 PM PDT
Iraqi officials say suspected Sunni insurgents have attacked a minibus carrying police recruits, killing 11 people near Iraq's border with Syria. A provincial official and a police officer say police found the 11 bodies and their bullet-ridden minibus Monday evening in a deserted area near the rural town of Baaj. The town is 80 miles west of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

The assault comes as U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces are carrying out a major crackdown in Mosul and nearby areas to root out al-Qaida in Iraq militants.