Islamic State Truck Bomb Kills 47 South of Baghdad in Deadliest Attack in Iraq This Year


The Times of Israel reports:

A suicide truck bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed 47 people at a crowded checkpoint south of Baghdad Sunday, the deadliest such attack in Iraq this year.

The massive blast completely destroyed the checkpoint manned by security forces guarding the northern entrance to Hilla, an area that had recently been spared such attacks

“The suicide bomber used an explosives-laden truck, at a time when there was dense traffic,” Faleh al-Radhi, the head of the security committee at Babil provincial council, said.

A doctor at Hilla hospital put the number of people killed by the blast at 47, including around 20 members of the security forces, and said at least 72 people were also wounded.

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