A suicide truck bomber blew up his vehicle Monday by an Iraqi security checkpoint near a northern city, killing five people, including two Iraqi soldiers and a police officer, the city's mayor said.
Seventeen civilians were also wounded in the explosion which took place at the checkpoint at the entrance of the village of Ashiq, some 25 kilometers (16 miles) east of Tal Afar, said mayor Najim Abdullah. Several houses and shops were also damaged in the blast.
No other details were immediately available.
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