Islamic State truck bomb kills at least 60 people south of Baghdad

By REUTERS
March 6, 2016 17:43

 
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Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack with an explosive-laden truck on an Iraqi police checkpoint at an entrance of the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 60 people and wounding over 70, according to a toll provided by medical and security officials.

Responsibility was claimed in a posting on the website of the Amaq news agency, which supports the ultra-hardline Sunni group.

"A martyr's operation with a truck bomb hit the Babylon Ruins checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Hilla, killing and wounding dozens," the statement on the Amaq website said.

Hilla is the capital of Babylon province, a predominantly Shi'ite region with some Sunni presence.

Falah al-Radhi, the head of the provincial security committee, told Reuters it was "the largest bombing in the province to date" and "the checkpoint, the nearby police station were destroyed as well as some houses and dozens of cars."

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