Iraq: At least 60 people killed in Suicide blast in Hilla

BAGHDAD: At least 60 people were killed and several wounded when a suicide bomber hit explosives-laden fuel truck into a security checkpoint south of Baghdad. According to Police officials, “The suicide bomber attacked the checkpoint on Sunday on a strategic highway near Hilla, 90km from the Iraqi capital.” “Another 70 people were badly injured in the blast,” officials added. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on the website of the sympathetic Amaq news agency. “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 said. “It was apparently a suicide bombing, at a checkpoint that is usually manned by Iraq soldiers and federal police forces. A long line of cars along that key road were also caught in the blast,” said a report published on Al Jazeera. Hilla is the capital of Babylon province, a predominantly Shia region with some Sunni presence. “It’s the largest bombing in the province to date,” Falah al-Radhi, the head of the provincial security committee, told Reuters news agency. “The checkpoint, the nearby police station were
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