Female suicide bomber kills at least 15 northeast of Baghdad

A female suicide bomber struck near a government compound northeast of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 40, police said. At least 21 suicide attacks have been carried out this year by women. The bomber detonated her explosives in front of a heavily guarded area that includes the courthouse, the post office and the governor's offices in the city of Baqouba, a police officer said. The attack occurred about 1 p.m., at a time when large numbers of people were visiting the compound to get official papers or conduct other business.