31 killed, 55 injured in suicide truck blast at checkpoint

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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At least 31 people were killed and dozens of others injured when a suicide bomber rammed a fuel truck laden with explosives-laden fuel truck into a security checkpoint south of Baghdad, officials said.

Sunday’s attack was the latest episode in a surge in violence in the war-ravaged country.

Twenty-four of the dead were civilians, while the rest were members of the security forces.

The attacker struck shortly after noon when the checkpoint at one of the entrances to the city of Hillah was crowded with dozens of cars, a police officer said.

He added that up to 55 other people were wounded and more than 20 cars were damaged. Hillah is about 60 miles (95km) south of the capital.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures.

Iraq has seen a spike in violence in the past month, with suicide attacks in and outside Baghdad killing more than 100 people.

No-one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group.

IS and other Sunni militants frequently use car bombs and suicide attacks to target public areas and government buildings in their bid to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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