Islamic State truck bomb kills, wounds at least 60 south of Baghdad
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BAGHDAD: Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack with an explosive-laden truck on an Iraqi police checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing or wounding at least 60 people.

Responsibility was claimed in a posting on the website of the Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State.

More than 60 people were taken to nearby hospitals, said Falah al-Radhi, head of the provincial security committee, without saying how many were killed.

“It’s the largest bombing in the province to date,” he told Reuters. “The checkpoint, the nearby police station were destroyed as well as some houses and dozens of cars.”

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

“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.

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